Good friends are everything. But sometimes our closest friends can be suffering in silence. If you spot any of these warning signs, your friend may be experiencing domestic abuse in their relationship. #HelpAFriend. Learn the signs.

Control

Does your friend’s partner call and text her all the time? Does it ever seem like they’re checking up on her?

Isolation

Have you noticed you get to see your friend less and less, and that she’s also seeing less of her other friends and family? Maybe she seems to make excuses about why she can’t meet up, or you get the sense that your  friend’s partner is taking over her life.

Manipulation

Does it ever seem like your friend won’t make a decision without checking with her partner first? Does she often seem worried about her partner’s reaction?

Pressure

Have you noticed that your friend is behaving out of character – e.g. dressing, acting, or speaking differently? Do you think she may ever feel pressured by her partner to look or behave in a certain way?

Jealousy

Does your friend change her behaviour to avoid accusations of cheating from her partner? Does it seem like her partner is often jealous for little reason?

Fear

Have you noticed your friend treading on eggshells to avoid rowing with her partner? Have you ever got the sense that your friend is a bit afraid of them?

If you are worried about your friend’s relationship, trust your instincts.

Call the 24-hour free local domestic abuse helpline and find out how you can help her.

0808 800 0340

If you can’t get through, use the answerphone. All messages will be answered.

The helpline is run by Juno Women’s Aid. Find out more at junowomensaid.org.uk

#HelpAFriend is kindly funded by Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Home Office.

Further Information

Warning Signs

  

Learn to recognise the signs of of a friend or family member experiencing abuse.

Learn the 4 steps

of How to Respond if a friend tells you she is being abused.

Survivors’ Handbook

The Women’s Aid online Survivors’ Handbook also contains practical information about every aspect of seeking support.

Help for Men

Find out about local advice and support for men. Friends and family members are encouraged to get in touch for support.

The Help A Friend Campaign

Our award-winning campaign gives ordinary people the tools to recognise if someone close to them is experiencing abuse, and help them reach expert support.

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