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STEP UP, STEP IN

Knowing when and how to step in if you witness abuse. 

STEP UP, STEP IN

 

HOW TO SUPPORT SOMEONE WHO IS EXPERIENCING  DOMESTIC CONFLICT

TIP → Follow your instincts. If a situation feels wrong, it probably is. One way to decide is to ask yourself, “If I don’t say/do something, will the situation get worse?” IF YES, then you should evaluate the best way to intervene.

 

NEIGHBORS

TIP→ If you’re hearing suspicious noises from your neighbors, call the police. This doesn't require you risking your personal safety but will allow officers who are better prepared to handle dangerous situations take the lead.

 

TIP→ Knock on the door. or ring the doorbell.  You don’t need to stick around, but this could act as a distraction while you're waiting for the police to arrive.

 

TIP→ If the abuser flees the scene, you could approach the victim and offer assistance. Use this as an opportunity to offer assurance that they are not at fault and the abuse is not OK. 

 

TIP→  Make time to bump into the victim the next day, ask them if they're ok. Let them know that you are a safe person to talk/come to if they need help.

FRIEND OR RELATIVE

TIP→ Speak up and say something in the moment that will interrupt the behavior- like, "Hey! that's enough, let's all try to have a good time here."

 

TIP→ Check in with the victim, let them know you're concerned about what just happened. You can also let them know that support is available for them, their children and their pets.