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How to Help Someone I Know

Domestic violence is everyone’s concern.

How to Help Someone I Know: Programs
  • Talk about what you see and assure them that you are concerned. Tell them you believe them and that it is not their fault.

  • Encourage them to call Naomi Society.

  • Assure them they can talk to you any time.

  • Don’t become angry or frustrated with their decisions. It is important to understand that they may be afraid or not ready to take the next steps.

  • Try to understand why they might be having difficulty getting help. They may feel ashamed.

  • Offer to go with them if they need additional information or support.

  • If they have children, let them know gently that you are concerned about the children’s safety and emotional well-being. They may be more willing to recognize the situation if their children are also in danger.

Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the Government of
Nova Scotia. (2020). Helping Others. Nova Scotia Domestic Violence Resource Centre.

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