Your support and encouragement can be of tremendous value to a friend or loved one involved in an abusive relationship. You can ease the isolation and loss of control s/he may feel by listening, providing information on domestic violence, and encouraging the victim to identify and explore available options.
All intimate relationships have their problems and sometimes it's difficult for others to decide when it's appropriate to intervene. Maybe your friend has mentioned "trouble" at home and your've dismissed her comments by saying all couples have problems. Ask yourself how you've reacted in the pas to these possible signs that your friend is being abused and needs your help.
Gather all the information about domestic violence and sexual assault available. Contact programs and services in your area that assist victims and their children. These programs not only offer safety, but also provide advocacy, support and other needed services. Our website is one such resource for information.
Lend a Sympathetic Ear
Letting your friend know that you care and are willing to listen may be the best help you can offer. Don’t force the issue but allow them to confide in you at their own pace. Keep your mind open and really listen to what she tells you. Don’t make personal judgments or place blame for what’s happening. It is a mistake to underestimate her fear of potential danger.
Although most domestic violence victims are female, it is a fact that males may also be victimized. There are some statements in this website that refer specifically to women, however we recognize that abuse of male partners is certainly a reality. The purpose of Safe Harbor is to address safety for women and their children because they comprise more than 80 percent of Domestic Violence victims. Male victims may receive assistance by contacting Partners in Change in Colorado Springs,
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