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If you know someone who has been a victim of domestic or sexual violence, here are a few things to keep in mind while you work to support them:
- Believe them.
- Affirm that it's a good thing they're talking about it. It takes a lot of courage and bravery to talk about something so personal.
- Listen - without judging.
- Let them know that you support and care about them, and that they are not responsible for the violence.
- Empower them to make their own choices about what steps to take next. Remember, their choices and freedom were taken away - they have a right to control over their own life.
- Educate them about ACCESS services. If you'd like to know more about our services, use the number below to speak with an advocate.
- Tell them about ACCESS' 24-Hour Crisis Line - (515) 29-ALERT - (515-292-5378)
For Survivors of Domestic Violence:
- Emphasize that when they are ready, they can make a choice to leave the relationship and that ACCESS can help them plan the first steps of the process.
- Let them know that it is likely that in spite of promises the violence will continue and probably escalate.
- Understand that they might have safety issues you don't know about.
- Refer them to ACCESS for emergency shelter or safety planning.