Is domestic abuse something that should be kept in the family? Is it loss of control? Are abusers violent in all relationships? Inform yourself and learn about the reality behind these myths.
Abuse comes in different forms, so misconceptions are prevalent. Inform yourself and learn the facts behind abusive situations.
Encourage them to call The Retreat and let them know all services are free & confidential
Ask “Are you okay?”
Remind them “This isn’t your fault.”
Document the abuse. Keep photos, screenshots, a journal, police reports, and hospital records.
Encourage your friend to seek help.
Listen and show support.
If you witness the abuse, speak up if you feel safe, and get help.