HELP FOR FAMILY/FRIENDS OF VICTIMS
As a domestic violence victim, their power has been stolen from them. They can be made to feel isolated, feel as if they have no control over their lives and feel as if they are worthless. For those who are wanting to help a victim of domestic violence, they need to be willing to encourage and respect the choices that the victim makes. Whether the choices they make are what you believe to be the best choice or not, they are their choices and need to be respected.
Statistically, a woman will go back to her abuser seven times. Keep this in mind when trying to help them. They need to feel empowered and believe that they can survive outside of her abusive relationship. As she begins to make decisions on her own and see the benefits and power that comes with those decisions, she will become stronger and stronger within herself to step away and stay away from the abusive relationship. Our goal as
Below are some ways to help a victim of domestic/sexual violence.
1) Never be judgmental.
2) Help them create a safety plan, whether staying or leaving.
3) Listen and believe them when they tell you of their experiences.
4) Let them know how sorry you are that they had to experience that.
5) Let them know that what they are feeling is normal.
6) Help them gather resources within their community to help them.
7) Keep their experience to yourself. They entrusted you enough to tell you, so keep it between the two of you.
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