Last night Jamie Ivey spoke at the Caring Well: Equipping the Church to Confront the Abuse Crises Conference. She gave great advice for friends of those who have been/ are in abuse. (Conference continues today, free simulcast.)
Jamie Ivey — Walking with the Broken
Come alongside survivors. Be the friend that sticks with them.
Share your presence for the long haul.
Go to war on their behalf. Not “I’ll add you to my prayer list,” but be there for them as long as they need you.
Be consistently there to just be with them, before offering any answers.
Mourn with them. Be deeply troubled and sorrowful about what they are going through.
Offer your presence and prayers. Walk with. Weep with.
Abuse is a lonely battle. Commit to walk through years and years of their pain with them.
Sadly, much more often the below happens.