Helping someone experiencing abuse
If you know or suspect that a friend, family member or colleague is experiencing domestic or family violence, you can help. Follow these simple steps to support them.
Sometimes a person who has experienced abuse just needs you to listen and believe them as the first step to their seeking help, and that is enough.
Ask them what they need and how you can help
Be guided by your family member or friend on how you can help. Don’t jump into action unless they ask you to.
Stay in touch
Their support network is critical. If they become distant or withdrawn, it’s important to keep a line of communication open by letting them know you are here to talk whenever they need.
Share support services with them
Let them know that services like DVConnect can help and are free to access.
Avoid asking questions like “Why don’t you leave?” or “Your kids shouldn’t be exposed to this.” Leaving is one of the most dangerous times and the survivor knows better than anyone else how to keep themselves and their children safe.
Call us for free advice
You can call DVConnect on 1800 600 636 to get more information about how to support a loved one impacted by domestic and family violence.
The Be there app is a free domestic violence bystander app which gives you the tools to recognise abuse, validate what you are seeing, and help you to support someone without putting either of you in danger.
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When someone you know is using abuse
If someone you know is using abuse in their relationships, it is important to say something to them that lets them know that you have seen the behaviour and that you are not OK with it.
Call out harmful behaviours and challenge sexism and attitudes that promote violence against women so that the person knows it is not acceptable.