Community intervention takes collective effort and practice

How to Support Loved Ones

Statistically, we are likely to know some abusers in our circles: friends, family, colleagues, or others. This is why community intervention is important. We may notice someone poorly treating their partner. This may be a warning sign to keep in mind. When they are alone behind closed doors, it could be worse.

Why Do People Stay?

Abusive relationships are complex situations, and it takes a lot of courage to leave. Leaving is often the most dangerous period of time for survivors of abuse, due to retaliation. Beyond the physical risks of leaving an abusive situation, there are countless other reasons why people stay in their relationships.

What You Can Do

The first step to resolving abuse and harmful behavior is accountability. Talk with the victim before doing anything to reduce the potential for retaliation. Discuss your plans to maximize safety; suggest that they call a hotline or a local agency to conduct a safety plan.

The act of someone saying something, intervening and naming abusive behavior is enough to get people thinking about how they treat the people around them.

  • Trust your intuition. Red flags should not be ignored.
  • Warning signs make themselves known, so if you see or hear something that makes you feel uncomfortable or crosses a line, note it and remember it.
  • Be involved, but be respectful. Don't get yourself or victims in a dangerous situation.
  • Don't try to fix other people's relationships. Getting too involved by force may put the victim at risk.
  • Discuss with the victim before proceeding with intervention.
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