How Do I Help A Person Who Is A Victim Of Domestic Violence?
If you know someone who may be being abused, please offer them your support. Helping a person who is being abused is not easy. Sometimes the person who is being abused may not personally recognize what is happening. They may e afraid for themselves, their children and for you, so they may rebuff your attempts to help them.
It is important to recognize that abusers generally try to isolate their victims from others. Your unfailing friendship and support may be the victim’s lifeline. Tell them that you are concerned, that they are not alone, that they do not deserve to be abused, and that help is available for them.
The following are suggestions to help:
Let the person talk. Lend an ear without judging. Tell the person that you care and are willing to listen. If they are willing to talk, listen carefully and compassionately, in a safe place. Most important, believe them. Never blame a victim for what’s happening to them or underestimate their fear of danger. Let them know that no on e deserves to be threatened, controlled or abused in any way.
If any of these questions apply you may be in an abusive relationship. If you need to talk, call us. Option, Inc. 397-1576