What you can do?

You may have come onto this site looking for information on how to help a friend or family member who may be experiencing domestic abuse in an unhealthy relationship.

This is how you could help:

  • Offer support – listen to them and believe what they tell you
  • Don’t put yourself in danger
  • Listen but don’t judge
  • Understand why it might be hard for your friend to end the relationship

For more information about why it might be difficult to leave, click here.


The first person people talk to about an abusive relationship is often a friend.

Violence between parents

If your parent or guardian is experiencing domestic violence and you live with them remember that the violence is never your fault.

This is how you could help:

  • Understand why it is difficult for someone to leave a violent relationship
  • Think about how to stay safe when there are arguments
  • Know where to call for help
  • Know how you can get out of the house if you need to
  • Think about safe places to go, or people you trust to help

Talk to someone you trust about what is happening; this might be a confidential helpline or a person that you know.


You could tell an adult you trust: a friend, a relative, a neighbour, a teacher, or a youth worker.

Find out about where your friend can go for help, such as helplines or the police in an emergency.

You can find information about helplines on the help page of this website.

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