We have collected the following information in order to help educate and bring more understanding as to how to help someone in an abusive
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One in four women in the United States will be a victim of domestic violence; chances are, someone you know, your mother, sister, friend, coworker
or neighbor is one of them. If you suspect that someone you know is a victim of domestic violence and you want to help, there are things you
can do to make a difference.
A victim of domestic violence needs to feel they can talk about what is happening to them without fear of being judged, rejected or betrayed. Don’t
blame them and respect their decisions.
Domestic violence knows no boundaries, it happens across all cultural, educational and economic backgrounds. Assure the victim they are not to
blame. No one deserves to be abused, and they did not cause the violence.
Encourage them to see that they have choices and support them in the decisions they make. Help educate them on domestic violence and where
they can go for help. Try to persuade them to contact The National Hotline for help 1.800.799.7233 or 1.800.787.3224 (TTY) or www.thehotline.orgfor more information. Trained volunteers and advocates offer resources including crisis intervention, safety planning, emotional support and information about domestic violence.
Supporting a victim of domestic violence can be demanding, but they need to know you will not abandon them. Ask what you can do to support and
*Many thanks to the Lifewire website for this content.