If you suspect that a loved one, friend, colleague or student is a victim of abuse, it’s important to understand that you can help them. You don’t have to sit on the sidelines and watch, and in order to be there for someone who is struggling with domestic violence or child abuse, here are some steps you can take in order to be there for them.
How to Help a Victim of Domestic Abuse
If you suspect that someone you know is suffering through domestic abuse, there are so many ways you can help them without having to become involved in the situation. The most important thing you can do is listen to and support them and their struggles. Remember to try and be non-judgmental, and offer to support them in any way you can.
If you suspect someone is a victim of domestic abuse, but they haven’t approached you, approach them slowly, and research avenues of help for when you do so. Abuse cannot be justified, and offering information on abuse charities and aids for victims of abuse can be useful to them for future reference.
For many victims of domestic violence, leaving their partner is a struggle due to their children. In some cases, abusers will use this information to keep their partner with them. If you know someone who fears that their child will be taken into care, it’s important to stress that this will only happen if neglect is found on behalf of both parents.
Another important note to make is that you should believe the victim, and encourage that they speak to others who will also believe them, and keep a safe distance. Violent individuals can be violent to anyone, you included. Ensure you keep disconnected from any violence, and act as a safe haven for victims of abuse.
How to Help an Abused Child
When it comes to child abuse, boundaries can be overstepped at any time. Many children find it hard to speak about the abuse they have experienced, but there are ways in which you can address an issue without upsetting or implicating the child. One way you can help is to speak to the individual. Get to know them, keep a diary of their behaviour, talk to their teachers, doctors or relative who you can trust. There are helplines you can call as well if you suspect a child has become a victim of abuse, and you can report suspected abuse to the NSPCC.
Guest post by Gina Kay Daniel