For Family and friends
When a friend or love one is involved in an abusive relationship it can really pull on the strength of your relationship. You may find she is pulling away and making accuses for his behaviours and / or actions. You may see a her go from an outgoing, confident person to someone who is becoming distant, insecure and unable to make decisions.
As a friend or family member you may want to just jump in and tell her everything you see. She may even confide in you every once in a while when he has done something really irratic or hurtful. We are here for you to help you explore your hurt, anger, and sadness around these emotions. We can also help you develop safety strategies and ways to support her during these times.
Here are some quick tips:
The best thing to do is just “listen”. You can inform her of a counsellor to allow her to seek help / information about the relationship issues and/or shelter counsellor to further explore options.
Call us for assistance 905-387-9959 or crisis line 905-387-8881
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