Abuse: to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way. to speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about. 
If you had a friend or family member that you knew were in a violent / abusive relationship what would you do?  Would you speak up for them?  Would you speak to them or someone else, maybe even the authorities?

Understand I am not just speaking of a person only being physically abused but even verbally, mentally and / or sexually abused. How would you deal with knowing someone you care about is going through this?  Does it differ if it’s a man or a woman being abused?  Men are abused just as women are but they are very much less likely to speak up.

Maybe you have found yourself going through some of this and you found your way out. Maybe you had a loved one you helped through this type of situation.  Share what you’d like of your experience and it could possibly give someone strength and courage.

NOTE:  If you are being abused PLEASE seek help as best you can. Tell someone. You are NOT alone!

Domestic Violence Hotlines:

(816)461-4673(HOPE), Hope House or (816) HOTLINE, Kansas City Metro; The hot-line provides 24-hour crisis intervention and support. Also, the hot-line is the appropriate way to make a referral to Hope House or to request a HAP (Healthcare Advocacy Program) advocate meet with a victim at an area hospital.

National Domestic Violence Hot-line 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224
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