What to do if you suspect a friend is trapped in an unhappy and abusive relationship. Sharon B has got in touch saying she overheard her best friend's husband being unbelievably verbally cruel and viscous to her. Her friend broke down when she asked her about it and Sharon now knows that the bonhomie and 'hail fellow, well met,' demeanour the man in question presents in public is a complete disguise for the overbearing bully he becomes indoors to his wife and family.
But her friend has pleaded with her not to confront him and is determinedly not going to leave him. "For the children's sake..." is what she said to Sharon, who was at a loss to know what to do. "I told her I don't think she should stay with him, but, that as she has decided to, I am here for her whenever and if ever she needs somewhere to go. I think its a relief at least that somenone else knows what is going on in their marriage, but its hard keeping my mouth shut when we see him socially which we still do. However that is what she wants and so I must respect that."
The Pathway Project www.pathway-project.co.ukis an amazing support organisation for women like Sharon's friend.
Its mission is to 'Turn Victims into Survivors." It has a 24 hour helpline with someone always on the end of the phone to give confidential advice and support.