Friends and Family

It can be frustrating to see someone you care about, like a friend or family member, in an abusive relationship with seemingly¬†no end in sight. One of the best things you can do is to have them call CAAW (775-329-4150). It’s very important not to judge their decision making and¬†understand what they may be feeling.

Here are some reasons victims stay in unhealthy relationships:

“I believe the threats about what will happen to me if I leave.”

“I was told that what is happening is my fault. I’m convinced this is probably true. I’m sure no one else could love me, and I don’t want to live my life all alone.”

“He doesn’t mean to hurt me with words or threats. He just needs an outlet for his anger. He has a lot of stress. It will all turn around and we will be happy again.”

“My children believe what is said about me and won’t want to live with me if I leave. I’ll lose custody and will be declared an unfit parent. It’s best if the children are raised with both parents.”

“I don’t have any money of my own. I can’t sign checks or withdraw money from the bank account. How would I survive? Where would I live?”

“I took a vow ‘for better or worse.’ I’m not going to fail at this marriage or give up hope.”

“No one will believe me.”

“He’s trying to stop. He always says he’s sorry, and brings me flowers. He loves me.”

It is important to remain supportive and non-judgmental if you believe a loved one is experiencing domestic violence. Here are some suggestions about how to approach someone you believe may be experiencing family violence:

“I’m afraid for your safety.”

“I’m afraid for the safety of your children.”

“The violence will probably get worse.”

“I’ll be here for you.”

“It’s not your fault.”

“You don’t deserve to be treated this way.”

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