Many persons find it difficult to cope with the fact that someone close to them has been subjected to violence.
It is not unusual for the woman to be met with silence or disbelief. In other cases reactions are “too” strong, so that the affected woman feels responsible for what she has talked about and ends up having to take care of her listener rather than the other way round. It is important that the woman does not have to be alone with her experiences. Sometimes those closely connected with the woman need help with working through what has happened.