HOW CAN I HELP A FRIEND?

If you think some­one close to you is in an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship or any other vi­o­lent sit­u­a­tion, here’s what you can do:

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Cosmo Campaign -

If you be­lieve some­one’s safety is at im­me­di­ate risk, call Triple 0 and fol­low their in­struc­tions. Take every pre­cau­tion to en­sure you do not put your­self or your friend at more risk.

If you’re wor­ried about some­one, ask a gen­eral ques­tion like, ‘ How are things at home?’ Of­fer sup­port like, ‘ If you ever need any­thing, I’m here for you.’ Your kind­ness will be re­mem­bered.

If they con­fide in you, lis­ten to them, and be­lieve them. Be­ing be­lieved and not judged is more pow­er­ful than you can imag­ine.

Ask them what would be help­ful for them at this point in time. Re­mem­ber to be pa­tient. No mat­ter what you think is best, they need to be in charge of their lives.

Tell them they are not to blame for the vi­o­lence and see if they need help get­ting any in­for­ma­tion that will as­sist them. You can even of­fer to ring 1800RESPECT on their be­half if they’d like.

‘I’ M PAS­SION­ATE ABOUT END­ING VI­O­LENCE AGAINST WOMEN BE­CAUSE I HAVE A SIS­TER WHOSE LIFE I WANT TO SEE FLOUR­ISH AND THRIVE IN A HEALTHY EN­VI­RON­MENT. OVER MY DEAD BODY WILL THAT BE DE­STROYED BY SOME­ONE WHO ABUSES HER IN THE NAME OF “LOVE”.’

– Mon­taigne, artist

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.