Ways to help women in abusive relationships
WAYS TO HELP WOMEN IN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS
If you know a neighbor, a family member or a friend of someone who is being abused, be as supportive as you can – acknowledge that you are aware someone has an unhealthy home life, listen and validate without judgment or blame and assist them as much as possible. Other ways to provide support to a woman who is experiencing an abusive relationship include:
- Give accurate information, such as pamphlets, hand-outs, and brochures on resources available to them.
- Help prepare a safety plan with the victim
- Encourage her to seek the help of agencies that provide services and support to women who experience domestic violence.
- Provide options of calling police and/or legal aid if proceeding with criminal charges or restraining order
- Provide a list of women’s shelters if the situation is extremely unsafe and requires immediate removal
If you looking to help someone planning and ready to leave an abusive relationship, click here to learn more about safety planning (link to safety plan) or click here to find resources.(link to resources)