IF YOU ARE BEING
ABUSED, YOU MIGHT…
➤ Believe it’s your fault.
➤ Feel angry, sad, lonely, depressed, or confused.
➤ Feel helpless to stop the abuse.
➤ Feel threatened, humiliated, or ashamed.
➤ Feel anxious, trapped, or lonely.
➤ Worry about what might happen next.
➤ Feel like you can’t talk to family or friends.
➤ Be afraid of getting hurt.
➤ Feel protective of your boyfriend or girlfriend.
➤ Feel bad about yourself because the abuser says
you are stupid, lazy, ugly, worthless, helpless, crazy,
or things like that.
These are normal reactions
to being abused.
You are not alone.
IF SOMEONE YOU
KNOW IS BEING ABUSED,
YOU CAN HELP
➤ Listen. Show support. Don’t blame the victim for
the crime. Tell your friend that you’re worried about
them. Ask how you can help.
➤ Encourage your friend to seek help; give them
information about victim service providers.
➤ Avoid confronting the abuser. It could be dangerous.
➤ Instead of deciding what’s best for your friend,
help your friend make their own decisions.
➤ Find someone you can talk to about your feelings
about the situation.