How Do I Help Someone?
To stop domestic violence, we all need to be part of the solution. Helping a friend who is being abused, speaking up about abuse, educating yourself and others, and supporting your local domestic violence program are all examples of things we can do to help.
When friends or family members are being abused:
- Call police if you see/hear abuse.
- Ask if they're safe or need someone to talk to.
- Explain that FREE and CONFIDENTIAL help is available help for victims and their children at local domestic violence programs
- Offer a ride to a local shelter, a place to make a phone call or to baby-sit while they attend appointments.
- Carry the number of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), in your wallet in case you meet someone who needs it.
When friends or family members are abusers:
- Call police if you see/hear abuse.
- Tell them there are no excuses for abuse and they may lose their families, friends, homes and jobs if it doesn't stop.
- Hold them accountable for their behavior.
- Support their efforts to locate and obtain appropriate batterer intervention treatment.
Family members and friends may feel overwhelmed or frightened when they are abused by a partner. These materials may help you determine if your friend or family member is in danger and help you offer your support.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – TheHotline.org
- How Can I Help A Friend or Family Member Who Is Being Abused?
- 10 Warning Signs by LoveIsNotAbuse.org
- A Woman's Handbook: A Practical Guide to Discussing Relationship Abuse
- Love Is Respect Help a Friend by Love is Respect
- Help A Stranger by Love is Respect
Help for Parents: talk to children about healthy relationships and domestic violence
- Working with Children Towards a Healthy & Non-Violent Future
- A Parent's Guide to Teen Dating Violence: 10 Questions to Start the Conversation by Love Is Not Abuse
- A Parent's Handbook: How to Talk to Your Children About Developing Healthy Relationships by Love Is Not Abuse
- Tough Talk: What Boys Need to Know about Relationship Abuse by Love Is Not Abuse
How Can I Raise Awareness In My Community?
Materials listed below highlight simple steps that individuals and communities can take to help end domestic violence.
- Take Action from Love is Respect.
- Help End Domestic Violence brochure from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
- Instigate! An Online Toolkit for Community Mobilization from Transforming Communities, Technical Assistance, Training & Resource Center
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. Domestic violence is not just a woman's issue, it's a human issue. Men play a critical role in ending domestic violence.
- Prevention - get information on how schools and communities can teach healthy relationships and respect to prevent domestic violence.
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