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my best friends dad is hitting her - July 17th 2010, 03:59 AM

So my best friend is named sara... we've been best friends for yearsssss. We've gone through everything together, including getting pretty deep into drugs.. I was able to quit, and she was too after a while.. she still has a lot of problems though- cutting, bulimia, and taking too many of her meds for ADD. I never quite understood why she had all of these behaviours, but today she shed some light on the situation...
she finally admitted to me that her dad hits her. I hate her dad, hes very overprotective (they are muslim), and is often really rude to her..
I guess last night when she was getting ready to come out with us, her dad threw a fit and brought up her past, and hit her. she left, and walked to her bf's work, where she slept in his car (he works midnights).
I dont know what to do... She obviously doesnt want to return home... she told me that she's called childrens aid before, and he stopped hitting her and her mom for a while, but then started doing it again...
I asked if she'd ever told anyone, and she said she told her therapist, but they have group family therapy, and her dad makes it seem like shes lieing...
I offered for her to stay with me, but what else can I do?? It's her decision whether to contact the cops or not.. but i feel so helpless....
   
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Re: my best friends dad is hitting her - July 17th 2010, 04:30 AM

There is only so much you can do.
You can encourage her to report it again, to call the cops, and/or to take pictures of any injuries he gives her and show them to the cops or social services or her therapist.
Maybe if she has photographic proof of her injuries her therapist will be more inclined to do more.
You can recommend this site to her.
and most of all continue to be there for her...
let her stay with you when she needs to
listen to her
and just..be a friend.
I hope things get better and that she is able to get help.

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