WHAT DO I DO IF I THINK MY FRIEND’S BOYFRIEND IS ABUSING HER?

DEAR DALI MAMA:

I think my friend is being abused by her boyfriend. What should I do?

—Concerned (United States)

 

DEAR CONCERNED:

Thank you for your concern. Can you talk to your friend neutrally and without judgment and try to suss out what is going on in more detail? If you can get her to talk, you can find out more about what is happening and go from there. Is there a reason you think her boyfriend is abusing her? For example, if you have seen bruises on her, ask her neutrally what happened. If your intuition is telling you something is going on, you might want to talk to someone in common who can help. Perhaps there is a school counselor or pastor or someone who can help. If not, you may need to contact her family for assistance.

Please follow up in some way with someone who has the power to help you or who can direct you to community resources. If you can’t find anyone, please email me again and I will give you some contacts if you like me know what state you are in. Your friend is lucky to have you in her life. Bless you.

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