Domestic violence can take place in heterosexual and same-sex family relationships, and can include violence against children or the elderly.
If you’re the one wanting a loved one to change, it can feel impossible — but we hold onto the hope that they change, because we desperately want them to, because we remember how they were different in the past (and if they changed for the worse, can’t they change for the better? While people to and be committed to all aspects of change in order to begin to do so — and even then, it’s a lot easier said than done.
People who are abused often feel like it's their fault — that they "asked for it" or that they don't deserve any better. Help your friend understand that it is not his or her fault. The person who is being abusive has a serious problem and needs professional help.
A friend who is being abused needs you to listen and support without judging. Your friend also needs your encouragement to get help immediately from an adult, such as a parent, family member, or health professional.
Jennifer has been fighting her parents, Anne and Charles, for custody of her 6-year-old daughter and claims they are “out to get her”.
They say Jennifer is irresponsible and incapable of being a good mother, and she needs help getting her life back on track.