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HOW TO HELP

Be Part of the Solution

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.

Friends or family members who 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.

Friends or family members who 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

Help for Friends and Family Members

Family members and friends may feel overwhelmed or frightened if 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.

How can I raise awareness in my community?

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 thinkgs we can do to help.

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.