Helping Loved Ones
One in four women in the United States will be a victim of domestic violence; chances are, someone you know, your mother, sister, friend, co-worker or neighbor is one of them. If you suspect that someone you know is a victim of domestic violence and you want to help, there are things you can do to make a difference.
A victim of domestic violence needs to feel they can talk about what is happening to them without fear of being judged, rejected or betrayed. Don’t blame them and respect their decisions.
Domestic violence knows no boundaries, it happens across all cultural, educational and economic backgrounds. Assure the victim they are not to blame. No one deserves to be abused, and they did not cause the violence.
Encourage them to see that they have choices and support them in the decisions they make. Help educate them on domestic violence and where they can go for help. Try to persuade them to contact LifeWire's 24 hour help line at 425-746-1940. Our trained volunteers and advocates offer resources including crisis intervention, safety planning, emotional support and information about domestic violence.
Supporting a victim of domestic violence can be demanding, but they need to know you will not abandon them. Ask what you can do to support and help them.
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