Helping a Friend Break the Cycle

If you know someone who is being abused, you can help her by showing you care. Let her speak confidentially about her situation and without judgment. You may be the only person with whom she feels comfortable. Show you care in these ways:

  • Listen to her
  • Believe her
  • Do not minimize her struggle
  • Do not judge her
  • Do not blame her
  • Assure her that she is not responsible for the abuse
  • Tell her it's not her fault. You can never make someone else hurt you

Domestic Violence: Myths and Facts

Myths and facts about domestic violence

Myth: Domestic violence does not affect many people.

Fact: Nearly one in three adult women experiences at least one physical assault by a partner during adulthood. (American Psychological Assn., Violence and the Family: Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family, 1996)

Myth: Battering is only a momentary loss of temper.

What Happens in Court

You will probably have to wait in the courthouse before your case comes up, so you should plan to spend most of the day there. Some courthouses have child care services. Try to find out before you go to court, If they do not, try to leave your children with someone...