Too often, victims of domestic violence suffer in silence, either through the control of their abuser or through feelings of shame, or fear, that forces them to mask their experience. However, close friends and family may notice an accumulation of signs over time that indicate abusive behaviour.
So, how do you identify if your friend is being abused, and what are some of the signs to look out for?
Signs someone is being abused
Your friend may be suffering domestic if abuse if they:
You may observe that their partner:
If you think that your friend or family member might be suffering domestic abuse try to create an open discussion with them. Avoid texting, and if you cannot physically be out of the presence of the abuser, set up a safe word to change the topic if they start listening in.
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