What can I do to be helpful if an abusive situation is revealed?
But also let her know that you are willing to listen and support her no matter what she decides:
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
Google: Domestic Violence Counseling
Hope, a woman who lived in an abusive relationship for 23 years also says:
“Find out her needs and meet them. Does she have enough money to care for herself and her children? Would meals or gift cards be helpful? Does she need help finding a job? Would she like help watching her children occasionally? Does she need help with jobs around the house that she doesn’t know how to complete? Be committed to helping her and her children long term. Abuse and its effects do not go away overnight or even soon. It may take several years of caring support for them to heal from the trauma of abuse.”
More on: freeinghope.com
More resources: Abuse/Domestic Abuse Resources