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How Can I Help?

Do

Do: Assure confidentiality, let the victim know if you must report

Do: Be understanding, non-blaming, honest, and supportive

Do: Listen and validate feelings

Do: Acknowledge the abuse, show concern

Do: Ask questions, help victim to identify abusive behaviors

Do: Remind them of their strengths, compliment them

Do: Assess for danger

Do: Express concern

Do: Offer help, refer to school social worker, guidance, administrator

Do: Share information about dynamics of abusive relationships

Do: Support their decisions, be patient, and offer support for as long as it takes

Do: Provide information:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE
  • National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline 1-866-331-9474

Don’t

Don’t:* Judge or blame

Don’t: Talk to victim & abuser together

Don’t: Pressure

Don’t: Place conditions on your support

Don’t: Assume victim wants to leave relationship

Don’t: Put down the abuser

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