When it comes to violence, they can also choose to harm in ways that aren’t easily visible and don’t always leave marks.
Abuse thrives on secrecy. But abuse rarely resolves without intervention, as abusers want it to be kept secret so they can keep abusing.
If you are supporting a friend who has asked you to keep abuse secret, it can be hard to talk to someone else about it, as you may be worried about betraying their trust. There may also be limits to what professional supports can do if your friend is not willing or able to seek support.
Fortunately, you can seek support anonymously or confidentially, on the best way to support your friend. You can contact Kids Helpline or 1800 RESPECT.