I’m worried about someone I love.

It’s estimated that one in four women and one in seven men will suffer from domestic abuse in their lifetime: this could be your parent, sibling, neighbor, co-worker or friend. Whether someone has reached out to you or you’ve recognized warning signs and suspect abuse, your response can have a major impact on their life.

Below are the two questions we hear most frequently at Emerge from individuals who are concerned about a loved one. Click on the question for our answers.

How can I be supportive?

Have Resources Available – Use your phone to store the Emerge! 24-Hour Bilingual Hotline – (520) 795-4266 or (888) 428-0101. You can also become a resource by lending your phone so they can call the hotline, offering a place to make that call, or asking how you can help.

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Why doesn’t s/he just leave?

Domestic abuse can affect anyone regardless of age, sex, financial status, sexual orientation or race.

It can be a lengthy process for someone to decide to get help because of the many barriers to leaving an abusive relationship. Some people don’t leave an abusive situation for the following reasons:

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