POLICE are urging people not to shy away from conversations about domestic abuse with eight important questions.

The questions, originally created by Wiltshire Police, are designed to help people feel supported as they open up about problems they are facing.

Ruth Pearson, a PCSO for Craven Community Safety Hub, said: "Listening to someone is one of the most powerful things you can do."

Eight conversation starters to use if you suspect someone is in an abusive relationship:

1. How are things at home?

2. Please let me know if there's anything you'd like me to do. I'm always here to listen and support.

3. I'll be here for you no matter what you decide to do

4. You don't have to tell me anything if you don't want to but I will always listen

5. I'm worried about you

6. Take care of yourself

7. Let me know if you want to talk

8. How are you doing right now?