Domestic Violence Prevention, Intervention, and Healing
Need Help: National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) or 9-1-1
It is important to understand the dynamics of domestic violence. Recognize the signs of abuse. If you notice changes in the persons behavior, unexplained injuries, fearfulness, and outward signs of verbal abuse, he/she may be a victim of domestic violence.
Share with the victim your concerns and express that you understand that this is a difficult and scary situation. Do not demand that she leave her abuser. Empathy and encouragement are better tools to help someone make a healthy choice.
Be a non-judgmental listener. Be as supportive and encouraging as possible. Let them know that you are willing to lend assistance.
Encourage a Support System
Encourage the victim to participate in activities away from her abuser. Help her to develop a support network of friends, family, and other positive relationships. Building her self-esteem will give her the courage and strength needed to help make the next step.
Give the victim information about domestic violence programs and shelter numbers. These programs will help her develop a plan of escape. Don't demand or be pushy...be loving and supportive.
Call Eagles Wings or DV National Hotline
Call Eagles Wings or National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) to discuss the situation with someone who can advise you about the specifics of the situation and provide more advice on how to proceed.