Supporting a Friend
You might have been told, have concerns or simply have a gut feeling, it’s not always easy to know how to support a person going through domestic abuse, but it’s important not to ignore the signs.
Supporting a friend or family member experiencing domestic abuse can be as simple as having a conversation to show your support.
To help women and children move forward from all types of abuse and remove the PAST with healing and recovery, remember these points:
Don’t be offended if a person isn’t ready to open up about their experience. Those experiencing domestic abuse aren’t always aware it’s happening or might not feel able to tell anyone what’s happening to them. Simply showing up and being available is a powerful message.
Providing emotional support can mean a lot to someone experiencing domestic or physical abuse. By reaching out and giving them an extra hand, a person may find it easier to express their feelings and voice their story.
When someone reaches out to you, acknowledge the position they are in. While it’s a frightening and difficult situation, it’s a big step forward for anyone to accept what could be happening to them. Listen and absorb the details they are sharing with you.
Letting a victim of domestic abuse know that they are not alone is vital. Direct them to a support service or get in touch with our team who are ready to help women, men and children come to terms with their abuse and provide options.
Information and support for survivors
Options are available and support is accessible to those struggling with domestic abuse. We offer a wide range of information around sensitive topics including domestic abuse, sexual violence, revenge porn and more, so get in touch if you would like expert advice on how to help loved ones that are experiencing abuse.
Vale DAS is not an emergency service. If you think you or a loved one might be in danger, call the police on 999.