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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 (804.612.6126) 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 (804.612.6126).
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