Good friends are everything. But sometimes our closest friends can be suffering in silence. If you spot any of these warning signs, your friend may be experiencing domestic abuse in their relationship. #HelpAFriend. Learn the signs.
Does your friend’s partner call and text her all the time? Does it ever seem like they’re checking up on her?
Have you noticed you get to see your friend less and less, and that she’s also seeing less of her other friends and family? Maybe she seems to make excuses about why she can’t meet up, or you get the sense that your friend’s partner is taking over her life.
Does it ever seem like your friend won’t make a decision without checking with her partner first? Does she often seem worried about her partner’s reaction?
Have you noticed that your friend is behaving out of character – e.g. dressing, acting, or speaking differently? Do you think she may ever feel pressured by her partner to look or behave in a certain way?
Does your friend change her behaviour to avoid accusations of cheating from her partner? Does it seem like her partner is often jealous for little reason?
Have you noticed your friend treading on eggshells to avoid rowing with her partner? Have you ever got the sense that your friend is a bit afraid of them?
If you are worried about your friend’s relationship, trust your instincts.
Call the 24-hour free local domestic abuse helpline and find out how you can help her.
0808 800 0340
If you can’t get through, use the answerphone. All messages will be answered.
The helpline is run by Women’s Aid Integrated Services. Find out more at wais.org.uk