Are you concerned about abuse?
As a friend or family member of someone experiencing domestic violence, it is important to be there for them and let them know that the abuse is not their fault.
A domestic violence advocate can talk to victims, friends and family to plan for safety. They may be able to offer resources in your community or give you or your family support. Domestic violence programs offer victims and their families a variety of services in the community and are here to support you 24 hours a day.
- A plan for safety
A domestic violence advocate can talk to you about specific things that may help you stay safe, whether you choose leave the relationship or stay. They will help you understand how leaving can be the most dangerous time for someone that is abused and how to plan for safety if you decide to leave.
- A plan for family members and friends safety concerns
A domestic violence advocate can talk to friends and family members and suggest ways in which you can talk to the person is abused so that they know you are concerned for their safety and want to help them.
- Support groups or talk therapy for the victim and/or their children
Sometimes it helps to talk to others about the abuse in your life. You can normally attend group or get talk therapy even if you decide that you do not wish to move into the shelter.
A safe shelter for victims and their children (if this is what the victim chooses) Each shelter is different. Some shelters are large and some are small. Many have a communal living environment where you are close to other survivors and their children.
If you are outside of Michigan, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1.800.799.SAFE.