- It can be hard to know what to say to a friend in need. Make sure you stay away from areas of victim-blaming. This exchange perked our ears:
Lisa: “Don’t you really feel that maybe you really deserve better than the way you’ve been treated. Really?”
Taylor: “I think I don’t believe that. “
Lisa: “That’s the problem, isn’t it?”
While Lisa was trying to help, her approach placed the guilt on Taylor, making Taylor believe that she had done something wrong.
Hotline Help: No one chooses to be in an abusive relationship or wants the abuse to continue. Remember to be supportive and non-judgmental. Respect your friend’s decisions and do not criticize them. Remember that it’s easier to talk as an outsider looking at the relationship than the other way around.
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