HOW TO HELP A FRIEND OR RELATIVE WHO IS A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
• Listen to her. Keep listening and encouraging.
• Tell her that you care about her and don’t want to see her get hurt.
• Do NOT judge. Use statements that focus on her strength, intelligence, and power.
• Do not tell her what to do. Help her explore her options instead.
• Praise her for small steps.
• Stress her right to a healthy, non-violent relationship.
• Convey that the violence is never her fault.
• Encourage her to make a safety plan.
• Do NOT put her down for remaining in the relationship.
• Continue to provide support if she chooses to stay in the relationship.
• Give her information about domestic violence.
• Give her the phone number of a local shelter and/or crisis line.
• Call the police if you witness an assault.
“Domestic Violence is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partners.”
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