There is so much we can all do to support survivors, and to end domestic violence in our community. Below are tangible ways you can help in various situations, but the number one thing you can do is believe survivors when they tell you about their experience.
Supporting a Friend or Loved One
Survivors of domestic violence often feel isolated and alone. You can make a tremendous difference by letting them know that you are concerned about them and offering support. Here are some conversation starters and tips for you if someone you know is being abused or you believe they are being abused.
Talking to Youth
Teens are experiencing dating abuse at alarmingly high rates. If you believe a teen in your life is experiencing dating abuse, talking with them about your concerns is a great first step. Here are some ideas for how to start a conversation with them, as well as some tips and resources.
There is much employers can do to support employees who are survivors. From making sure you have policies and procedures in place to keep them and other employees safe, to knowing what to do if you believe an employee is experiencing abuse at home, employers can be a significant resource for survivors.
Bystander Intervention Tips
Sometimes, we see abuse happening right in front of us. But, often, we don’t know what to do in those moments. There are some strategies you can use to talk to someone who you think might be abusive and/or to respond if you see abuse happening.
Share Information and Help End Domestic Violence
Whether it’s sharing information you’ve learned, having cards on hand with warning signs and New Beginnings’ 24-hour Helpline information, or advocating for your children’s school to offer healthy relationship classes, there is something we can all do to end domestic violence.
No matter who you may know, or what steps you take, remember:
- If someone is sharing about their abuse, believe what they are saying.
- If someone denies abuse but you believe it’s happening, pick the conversation up again later, and continue expressing your concern and support.
- Don’t judge—it’s hard, and often dangerous, to leave an abusive relationship.
- Be patient; it can take a long time for someone to get help or leave a relationship.
- Our 24-hour Helpline is here for you too, call anytime you have questions or want help knowing how to support a survivor.