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Help a Friend

Help a Friend

It can be very difficult for someone who is experiencing domestic abuse to reach out to an expert support service or to the police. So if you find out that someone close to you is being abused, you could be the only person who knows.

As a friend or family member, it’s not your responsibility to stop the abuse. But you can do a lot to help by following a few simple steps.

How to help: what should you say?

Remember these four things to tell your friend.

How to help: what next?

After your conversation, consider doing these things next.

  • Be safe
  • Be kind
  • Be there

Learn how

Support for men

Find out about local advice and support for men at equation.org.uk/need-help

Further information

Supporting a friend through a difficult and emotional time can be challenging. Remember to look after yourself.

If you need further advice about how to support a friend experiencing domestic abuse, you can always call the free 24-hour local helpline: 0808 800 0340

The helpline is run by Women’s Aid Integrated Services. Find out more at wais.org.uk

The Women’s Aid online Survivors’ Handbook also contains practical information about every aspect of seeking support.