How to Help a Person Experiencing Abuse
Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines have shown that all types of violence against women and girls — particularly domestic violence — have intensified. If you know someone experiencing domestic abuse, learn how to help below.
- Start by believing the person being abused. Listen without judgment or giving advice.
- Do not pressure the person being abused to break up with their abusive partner. This may put the person being abused in more danger.
- Do not put the abusive partner down. This may make the person being abused reluctant to speak with you again.
- Recognize and accept the feelings of the person being abused without telling them how they should feel.
- Avoid victim-blaming statements such as, “Why do you stay with them?” “How could you love someone like that?” or “Why do you let them treat you like that?”
- Do not place conditions on your support, such as by making statements like, “I can only help you if you leave.”
- Respect the decisions made by the person being abused, even if you do not agree.
- Do not confront or attack the abusive partner. This may increase the risk for the person experiencing abuse.
- Encourage the person experiencing abuse to get help when they are ready.
- Get information on relationship abuse and share it with the person being abused, if they want it.
- Call a domestic violence helpline, such as this Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-4673 (1-800-321-HOPE). Domestic violence helplines can provide anonymous help to victims of domestic abuse. Plus, find out what you can do to help and to learn more about available resources.
- Call 911 if you witness physical violence.
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