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Providing emotional support and, constant encouragement are two very important things that you can do to help a loved one in an abusive relationship. Helping them to feel loved and supported is very important as one of the most common behaviors of abusers is Reviling. Since those experiencing abuse are often isolated by their abusers, its extremely important to learn how you can SAFELY support survivors and assist them in finding their way to safety. This is called Safety Planning. Safety Planning is basically the act of planning and aiding a survivor in fleeing their abuser in a way that significantly reduces the risk of harm.
It is also helpful for family and friends to document the threats or acts of abuse as they occur. Documentation of these acts can provide much needed proof if a restraining order is needed. Many survivors fear involving their families for fear of retaliation on their families by the abuser. It is not uncommon for an abuser to threaten to do harm to themselves, the victim or others when faced with the threat of losing them. If you are in fear that your abuser will retaliate against you or your family for attempting to leave the relationship, please take a moment to click the button below and complete this Danger Assessment. A Danger Assessment is an evaluation which predicts the likelihood of the abuser to murder the victim. We want to provide as many tools as possible for you to be pro-active and prevent this from happening. No personal information will be required to complete the assessment. Domestic Violence is currently the largest indicator of murder suicides in the U.S.
What if I know someone who is experiencing Domestic Violence? How can I help?
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