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Family and Friends' Guide to Domestic Violence: How to Listen, Talk and Take Action When Someone You Care About is Being Abused

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It's hard to know what to do when someone you care about is in an abusive relationship. Do you ask about it? What if you're wrong? Do you offer to help? Even at the risk of interfering? If you have observed any of the following warning signs from a family member or friend, she may be a victim. You can help her--and, you might be saving her life! WARNING SIGNS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE: Unexplainable injuries She has very little to say about her life She becomes timid when her husband or boyfriend is around She distances herself from people and acts withdrawn Her social relationships have narrowed He makes all the rules He puts her down in public She is afraid Says author Elaine Weiss, who also wrote "Surviving Domestic Violence: Voices of Women Who Broke Free", Volcano Press, "Domestic violence doesn't just happen out there. It happens in our town, in our neighborhood, on our street. It happens to women we see at the supermarket, the movie theater, and the PTA. It happens to our friends and our co-workers. It happens to our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, and ourselves."

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