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Helping a Friend Experiencing Abuse

Research shows that 8 in 10 women will confide in a friend or family member when faced with gender-based violence. Would you know how to help?

5 Tips to Keep in Mind when Lending your Support:

  • Let her know you’re concerned about her safety.
  • Offer specific help. Arrange a time to talk, help her with child care or offer her a ride to an appointment.
  • Tell her about the YWCA’s 24 Hour Support & Crisis Line, office location and business hours.
  • Continue to offer your support, regardless of what she decides to do next. (It takes an average of 4 attempts to end an abusive relationship).
  • Stay connected and let her know you’re always there for her.

Connect with us

We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide resources for women, as well as the people who love and support them.

Contact our 24 Hour Support & Crisis Line any time to learn more about what’s available and to discuss how you can refer a friend or family member to the YWCA.