Do you know someone who is living with violence?
Most people will turn to a relative, friend or co-worker before asking for help from formal supports. 74% of Albertans report knowing someone who has been or is being abused.
Do you know someone who is living with violence? Maybe they have talked to you about it and you aren’t sure how you can help them? It can be very difficult to know how to support someone you care about when they are experiencing violence.
It is important to offer support in a compassionate, non-judgmental way. People who are experiencing abuse need to feel believed and supported by those around them. How you respond to their disclosure of abuse will either increase or decrease their likelihood of telling someone else.
To speak to our staff about how you can support a loved one, connect with us through our 24-hour helpline at (403) 529-1091.
The Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society information booklet can help you recognize family violence and abuse in all its forms, show you ways to offer support to people who are experiencing violence and explain barriers that can affect a person’s decision to stay in or leave a violent relationship.
- How to recognize family violence and abuse
- How to offer support to people who are experiencing violence
- What barriers can affect a person’s decision to stay in or leave a violent relationship