Family, friends and co-workers of someone experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault can be a critical link to a victim getting the services that will make the difference in their being safe, healthy and successful.
How you can help:
- Listen – sometimes a victim just needs someone to hear them.
- Don’t judge – they are being judged all the time. They don’t need to hear, ‘if it was me, I wouldn’t put up with that’ or ‘I would leave.’ It may be a lot more complicated than you realize and they may be in real fear of the consequences of their actions.
- Be supportive – let them know that they are not alone and there are services to help them. Offer to sit with them while they call our hotline or offer to bring them to Safe Futures for a counseling appointment. Your support may make the difference in whether or not they seek help.
- Get answers – as a caring family member, friend or colleague you can contact Safe Futures and speak with a counselor on how you can help the person you are concerned about. We’re here to help.