Help A Friend

Do you have a friend or a loved one who is in danger?

“I tried to make my friend leave their relationship but they just stopped answering my calls or would make excuses for us not getting together.

 

I am worried my friend is in
real danger.
” 

It can be frustrating and painful to see someone you care about in danger. The SOS helpline is not just for direct victims of abuse – you can call and talk to an advocate to learn about ways to help your friend. The SOS helpline at 800-825-1295 or 620-342-1870 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Encourage your friend to participate in activities with friends and family outside of their relationship. Whether they end the relationship or not, continue to be supportive. Even though the relationship was abusive, your friend or family member may still feel sad and lonely once it is over. They will need time to mourn the relationship and will especially need your support during that time.

Help them to develop a safety plan.

Be supportive and encourage them to talk to professionals who can provide help and guidance. SOS provides free and confidential services, including counseling, support groups, protection orders and shelter as needed. You can offer to go with them to talk to an SOS advocate, the police, to court or to talk to a lawyer.

Although it is difficult to see someone you care about get hurt, ultimately the person getting hurt has to be the one to decide that they want to do something about it. You have to accept that you cannot “rescue” them. It’s important for you to support them and help them find a way to safety.

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