Every year, there are lots of posts on Facebook and Twitter regarding the increase in domestic violence during World Cup and England matches, which brings some much needed visibility to a usually hidden issue.
There is always so much judgment around why people stay in violent relationships, which makes it far harder for those at risk to think clearly enough to know whether to leave or not. Physical violence is almost always accompanied with psychological abuse as well, constantly criticising and rejecting your every thought until you no longer trust your ability to make a wise decision. They do this in order to retain control and it is scarily effective.
Let’s focus more on providing them with a light at the end of the tunnel, with reassurances that they are strong enough, smart enough and supported enough to make the decision for themselves, and encourage them to trust themselves, which I think is the greatest gift you can give back to them.