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How can I help a friend or family member with intimate partner violence?

If a friend or family member confides that they’ve experienced IPV, listen and help them understand that they did not deserve the abuse. Don’t allow them to share the blame and stress that their partner is totally responsible for his behavior. Assure the friend or family member that you worry about their safety and that of their children. Also, offer your support when they are ready to leave and seek professional help. 

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