Helping Loved Ones
1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the U.S. will experience domestic violence in their lifetime and be significantly impacted by it. Chances are, someone you know – your friend, co-worker, neighbor, parent, sister or brother – is a survivor.
If you suspect that someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and you want to help, there are things you can do to make a difference.
People experiencing domestic violence need to feel that they can talk about what is happening to them without fear of being judged, rejected or betrayed. Most importantly, don’t blame them and respect their decisions.
Domestic violence survivors are often made to feel that they are alone and that no one will believe them. One of the most powerful things you can do is reassure them that what they’re experiencing is real and you are there for them.
Encourage them to see that they have choices and support them in the decisions they make. Let them know that help is available through LifeWire’s 24-Hour Helpline at 425-746-1940. There, they can speak with trained volunteers and advocates who can offer safety planning, emotional support and information about domestic violence.
Understanding the complex dynamics of domestic violence can help you become a better advocate for your loved ones who may be experiencing abuse. Read through the resources we have available on this website or call LifeWire’s 24-Hour Helpline for additional information.
Supporting someone who is experiencing domestic violence can be difficult. It is important to remember that you are not alone and that there is help available for you. Call LifeWire’s 24-Hour Helpline to get information, resources and guidance from trained advocates.