Reporting Abuse

I’ve talked and blogged in the past about reporting bullying. This week, I’m talking about reporting abuse.

For some people, the idea of reporting abuse by a parent or partner is terrifying. The fact that making the report might lead to a major life change, such as moving to a new home, is only one thing that might worry someone. Reporting an abuser, if the report isn’t handled properly, can lead to an escalation of the abuse. Some people feel safer accepting the status quo than trying to leave the situation.

But no one deserves to be abused. If it’s safe to do so, reporting abuse can lead to an end to the abuse. There are hotlines which can be contacted for help, and some have ways to prevent an abuser from finding out a report has been made. Informing law enforcement or other professionals about abuse does carry a risk, but those reports are usually taken seriously.

If someone you know has told you they’re being abused, even if you’ve promised to keep it to yourself, reporting it might be the best thing to do. As a friend or relative of someone who is being abused, you can’t always help them, and carrying that knowledge might be too much for you to handle alone.

If you are in an abusive situation, I hope you’ll at least consider seeking help. You deserve to be safe and happy.