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How can I support my male friend to seek help, when his only way of coping with the abuse is avoiding it (and admitting it to me)?

I think the fact that your male friend is even talking to you about it is signs that he wants to resolve this, wants to move forward. I think that the most important thing that you can do is to listen without judging him.

His telling you seems to be a hint that he wants to address it, but doesn't know how. I think that you have to help him realize why it happened, why he let it happened and where he thinks he is now. I think conversations like these can lead to the exact change that we envision when it comes to breaking the cycle of violence. I hope that helps.

- Amy