We can help you help them
Do you have a friend or loved one who is or has experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence or sex trafficking? Contact our 24-hour helpline at 800-794-4624, text HOPE to 847411, or click "Chat with an Advocate" here on our website to talk with an advocate who can walk you through how to help your friend or loved one. In the meantime, here a few things you can do…
Develop a Safety Plan
Help your friend or loved one to develop a safety plan that feels right to them, whether they stay or whether they leave.
Help Them Find Guidance
Encourage them to talk to people who are compassionate and can provide help and guidance. It can be frustrating to see a friend or loved one struggle.
Provide Moral Support
Offer to go with him or her to talk to Options. If he or she has to go to the police, court or a lawyer, offer to go along for moral support.
Provide Emotional Support
Accept that you cannot “rescue” him or her. Although it is difficult to see someone you care about get hurt, ultimately the person getting hurt has to be the one to decide that they want to do something about it. It’s important for you to support him or her and help them find a way to safety and peace.
Help Them Move Forward
Encourage your friend or loved one to participate in activities outside of the relationship. If he or she ends the relationship, be supportive. Even though the relationship was abusive, they may still feel need time to mourn the relationship and will need your support.