If you have a friend, family member, neighbour, or colleague who is victim of domestic violence, encourage her to contact the local women’s shelter or your local community services such as victim services. Experienced, empathetic counsellors will be able to provide confidential information and help her to develop a safety plan.
If she is in immediate danger
please call 911
- Let her know you are there to help. Listen to her without being critical or judgemental.
- Assure her that she is not to blame for the abuse and that she is not alone.
- Help her by providing for any immediate medical and personal needs and make sure that she and her children are safe.
- Gather and pass on information about relevant community programs and assistance: victim services, shelters, sexual assault centres, legal aid, financial assistance, etc.
- Encourage her to call the DAS helpline 604-640-7549 / 1-888-833-7733. You may call that line as well for information and suggestions on how to support your friend.
- Offer to plan a role in her safety plan which might involve providing transportation, safeguarding pre-packed luggage, documents and/or money that may be required in an emergency.
- Give her time to make her own decisions and respect her confidentiality.