The Abuse Secret: Reporting Your Friend for Abuse

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The Abuse Secret

If the wife of a close friend told you she was being abused, would you tell?What would you do if your best friend's wife told you she had been enduring physical abuse and/or emotional - psychological abuse by her husband? For many, it's probably one of those awkward moments. Then, there's the internal battle going on in your mind: your best friend vs. his wife. Or maybe, you just don't know what to do in a situation like this.

Kellie Holly, author of the Verbal Abuse in Relationships blog, wrote about this scenario in a two-part series:

One of our HealthyPlace Google+ members bravely shared this:

"Was in this situation. Hate myself for not doing more than just stop talking with my friend."

I bring this up because so many times when there's a tragedy in the news, it's accompanied by this statement:

"I knew (or I thought)," said Mr./Ms. So-and-So. "I wish I had done something."

You can do something! Kellie spells out the steps in her articles. I'll share a first step. Make sure the person is safe, then call the National Domestic Violence Hotline. 1−800−799−SAFE(7233). You can remain anonymous if you wish.

One last thing, you don't have to be absolutely, positively sure about the abuse. If you suspect abuse, it's better to be safe than sorry. Leave the investigation up to the authorities. They know what to do.

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Child Abuse: The Impact Doesn’t Have to Last A Lifetime on HealthyPlace Radio

Nikki grew up in an abusive home and suffered years of child abuse. It led her to drug use and engaging in self-injurious behavior at the early age of 12 years old.

On this edition of the HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show, Amy discusses her years on the street dealing with drug addiction, an eating disorder, even enduring rape and how she made her way back to health and recovery.

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APA Reference
(2012, August 14). The Abuse Secret: Reporting Your Friend for Abuse, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 20 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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