It takes a lot of strength to talk about experiencing domestic abuse, especially when many women are, disbelieved or dismissed when they share their experience. When someone reaches out to you, acknowledge that, although they’re in a frightening and difficult situation, they’re taking an important and brave step forward in reaching out to you. For friends and family, it can be really challenging supporting someone who is experiencing domestic abuse but the most important thing you can do for them is to provide emotional support. Listen to them and believe them. Let them express their feelings to you and give them time and space to come to terms with the abuse.