How to End an Abusive Relationship
and Stay Safe
1. Tell a trusted adult such as parents, a friend's parents, teachers or counselors. The more isolated you are, the more control your partner has.
2. Avoid being at home, school, work, or anywhere alone with your partner. Ask friends to stick closely by you at parties.
3. Be prepared for you partner to try to talk you into getting back together. Plan what you will do if your partner becomes abusive.
4. Physical assault, rape, stalking and harassment are crimes. Call the police to report incidents or threats of abuse.
How to Help a Friend in a
1. Don't ignore the signs of abuse. Talk to your friend and be supportive without judging.
2. Point out your friend's strengths. Many people in abusive relationships are no longer able to see their own abilities/ gifts.
3. Encourage them to confide in a trusted adult. Talk to a trusted adult if you believe the situation is getting worse. Offer to go with them for help.
4. Never put yourself in a dangerous situation with the abuser. Don't be a mediator.
5. If you witness an assault, call the police to report the incident.