Friends and Family FAQs

What should I avoid doing?

There are some things that you should avoid doing if someone confides in you: Ignore the warning signs. Pressurise them to talk if they do not want to. Overreact, panic, or look shocked. Promise more than you can give. Call the abusive person names or talk negatively about them. Focus on the behaviour that is […]

What can I do?

Many people will be reluctant to seek support, or they may confide in family members or friends in the first instance. Here are some things you can do if you are concerned or if someone close to you confides in you: If you are worried about someone: Look out for warning signs of abusive behaviour. […]

What are the warning signs?

Some of the warning signs are as follows: There may be arguments and shouting. They feel they are walking on eggshells and are worried about what their partner will think or say. Changes in behaviour, demeanor or outward appearance. Become anxious or withdrawn. You may see them less or only with their partner or the […]

What does Domestic Abuse look like?

You may have noticed that something is not quite right in a neighbour, friend, colleague, or family member’s relationship. This might be that their partner or a family member is very controlling, that they seem anxious around them, or you may have noticed injuries or bruising. Many people think that domestic abuse is physical violence […]