Your most important job is to listen.
While your first instinct may be to take
action, resist that urge. Give your support
by showing concern, listening and being
there when needed. Don’t offer specific
advice about leaving but instead be a link
to resources in the community. It must be
the victim’s decision to leave.
The most dangerous time for a woman
is when she has made the decision to
leave the abusive relationship. There is
nothing simple about her situation.
If you are confident that there is an explicit
threat to cause physical harm or if you are
witnessing the violence directly, do call
the police. Be sure to contact the child
protection hotline if children are in danger.
Child abuse hotline is 1-800-387-KID
THE ALBERTA COUNCIL OF WOMEN'S SHELTERS ( ACWS )