Help a Loved One
If someone you care about is experiencing intimate partner violence or sexual violence, you can provide significant support and aid to him/her. You can make a difference.
Here are some things to consider:
- Listen to him/her. Provide your loved one with the space to talk.
- Believe him/her. This situation is scary and confusing.
- Reassure your loved one that he/she is not to blame. It’s not his/her fault this happened.
- Learn about local resources such as Safe Harbor. Call our 24-hour helpline (804.287.7877) to speak with an advocate and learn more.
- Ask him/her what he/she would like to do. Don’t offer advice. Remember for someone experiencing intimate partner/domestic violence has a partner who is trying to control what he/she thinks, acts and does—you don’t want to sound like that.
- Express your concerns for his/her safety and well-being. Offer your support.
- Stay present for your friend. If you are finding the situation too difficult, ask for help from those you trust and/or call our 24-Hour Helpline (804.287.7877).