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Supporting a friend or family member

You may be unsure if your friend or relative is being abused. Maybe you just have a sense that something is ‘wrong’. There may not be any obvious signs of abuse.

Approach your friend or relative in a sensitive way. Tell them you are worried and explain why. Don’t push them into talking if they are uncomfortable, but let them know that you are there if they need to talk. They may not be ready to disclose that they have been abused, or may feel embarrassed, or afraid to talk about it.

If they feel supported and encouraged, they may feel stronger and more able to make decisions. The most important thing you can do is listen without judging, respect their decisions, and help them find ways to stay safe and become stronger.

How you respond and your support can make a big difference.

Support is available, you can also call our service to speak to a professional who can provide advice and support.

Sexual assault and family violence are a violation of human rights and are never acceptable in any form, in any community or culture.

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