How To Help
So what can you do to help?
Silence and lack of knowledge about domestic violence and sexual assault play a large part in why they persist. Our goal is to equip you with the information that will help you identify domestic violence and sexual assault so you can know how best to respond to someone who may need support, but also take steps to prevent these crimes going forward.
One important thing to remember: You are not alone in this. Hotlines take many, many calls from concerned friends and family who do not know what to do. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. These can be difficult, delicate conversations and it’s natural to want some guidance.
Learn about these issues so you can recognize the signs of domestic violence & sexual assault and start informed, compassionate conversations with your friends, family, and communities.
KNOW HOW TO HELP
It can be difficult to know how to support family, friends, or colleagues who are impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault but there are so many ways you can help. Learn how to better respond to help an adult, teen, or child who may be experiencing domestic violence, dating abuse, or sexual assault:
THE PAIN OF NEGATIVE FIRST RESPONSE CAN STOP VICTIMS FROM SEEKING AND RECEIVING THE HELP THEY NEED. LEARN HOW TO RESPOND WHEN A VICTIM/SURVIVOR DISCLOSES SO YOU CAN HELP A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER GET THE SUPPORT AND HEALING THEY DESERVE.
Tips for how you can respond to violence when it’s occurring
REAL-LIFE EXAMPLES TO HELP PREPARE YOU TO TAKE ACTION IN REAL LIFE!
Of course if you see, hear, or suspect that someone is in immediate danger, call 911 immediately.