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Domestic Violence

To stop domestic violence, we all need to be part of the solution. Helping a friend who is being abused, speaking up about abuse, educating yourself and others, and supporting your local domestic violence program are all examples of things we can do to help.

When friends or family members are being abused:
  • Call police if you see/hear abuse.
  • Ask if they’re safe or need someone to talk to.
  • Explain that FREE and CONFIDENTIAL help is available help for victims and their children at local domestic violence programs.
  • Offer a ride to a local shelter or a place to make a phone call or volunteer to baby-sit while they attend appointments.
  • Carry the number of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), in your wallet in case you meet someone who needs it.

When friends or family members are abusers:
  • Call police if you see/hear abuse.
  • Tell them there are no excuses for abuse and they may lose their families, friends, homes and jobs if it doesn’t stop.
  • Hold them accountable for their behavior.
  • Support their efforts to locate and obtain appropriate batterer intervention treatment.

Family members and friends who are being abused by a partner may feel overwhelmed or frightened. The resources below can help you determine if your friend or family member is in danger and help you offer your support:

Help for Parents: Talk to children about healthy relationships and domestic violence.

Visit the sites below for information and suggestions on what to say to kids.

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See more at: http://www.pcadv.org/Get-Involved/How-Do-I-Help-Someone/#sthash.lIQhf4EA.dpuf