What are some tips for talking to victims of domestic violence and other forms of abuse?
One major one I can think of it don't over talk or talk too much. Let them talk and don't tell them you know how they feel unless you have really experienced it. Let them process it at their own pace.
Be honest and realistic. If a similar experience has happened to you then offer a brighter outlook on the situation because your living proof. If not then be upfront about that. Definitely put yourself in the position of resourcefulness. They will need specific services and help. If you know where they can get that then your being of help in a productive manner.
The best technique you can use is to listen. For a victim of domestic violence to open up is a great achievement. Be prepared to just hold your opinion of the situation until all the facts are on the table. if you have not gone through the same situation , it will be difficult to relate to the many faces of abuse. Get all the facts, sometimes emotions get in the way of reason and this helps. Educate yourself and do some research of resources. There many organizations that specialize in victims of domestic violence. Have numbers and contacts in case the person accepts your help. Keep it I a small card so she/he can hide it inside the shoe. Open a communication venue but don't pry, unless this person is in immediate danger or there are minors involved.
If a person asks you for help to escape an abusive situation, be sensitive and reassuring her that is the best. If the person has not come to terms with the situation, be prepared to act or send her to someone that is trained in this situations. Sometimes the bigger picture is more complicated than what it seams. I hope that this will send you on your way to help someone. thank you for allowing me in your page.
You have to be understanding, non-judgemental, and compassionate. Respect their choices and be an active listener. As a domestic violence and sexual assult conselor I find by listening to them more the better understanding i have about their situation. Victims need support, need to be educated on what violence is, how to have healthy relationships, how to value themselves, finding their own strenghts, develope coping skills, becoming independent and developing self confidence again. You can guide them and give them options, but never make the decisions for them, You are trying to empower them into making there own decision.
let the person know you believe them,
and let them know it was not their fault.
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