How You Can Help

How  you can help as a concerned friend, community member, or family member of a victim

  • Refer them to Independence House
  • Let them know that you are there for them
  • Remind them they deserve to be treated well and are entitled to a life without abuse
  • Tell them you care for them

When someone asks you for help:

  • Listen to what they are saying without giving advice
  • Be respectful of the steps they may or may not be ready to take.  Some victims may just want to talk.  Others may be looking for a way out or a plan for safety.  Follow their lead.
  • A victim might feel isolated or alone. Remind them the are not alone.
  • Let the victim know that abuse is never their fault
  • Contact us for more information on how you can help.  Independence House: 508-771-6507.  24 hour Hotline: 800-439-6507.

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