DEAR DEIDRE: THE woman I love really wants to be with me but her husband is abusive so she won’t leave him.
She is 25 and I am 30. We work nights together in our local hospital and we’ve become really close.
The woman I love really wants to be with me but her husband is abusive so she won’t leave him[/caption]
I’m single but she’s been married for two years. Her husband is 32 and he drinks a lot and sometimes hits her.
We have both said we have feelings for each other but we haven’t acted on it yet. She says she’s going to leave her husband but she just doesn’t have the guts.
I’m worried for her and not sure how long I can wait.
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DEIDRE SAYS: It’s when leaving an abusive partner that the victims of domestic violence are most at risk.
Urge her to find support at National Domestic Violence Helpline (0808 2000 247) or womensaid.org.uk. They can help her leave safely.
Meanwhile, try to be there for her as a friend but without pressuring her.
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