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Family Violence Prevention Month: Help: Tip #9

Pro Tip, your conversation will not go like this, “Hey, are you being hurt at home?”, “Sure am, I’ll go get my things and move out.”, “Cool.”, “I know, right!”

For many reasons, ending domestic violence takes time. Your job as a caring support is to acknowledge the reasons why someone may stay in a dangerous situation. Look them up. Read about them. Watch a Ted Talk. Talk to someone who works in domestic violence recovery about them. This is important.

There will be times when the very best and most helpful thing you can do is standby. Talk about work, the weather, recipes, or anything else. Stay in touch, and don’t force the person into a conversation about domestic violence.

November is Family Violence Prevention Month, and we will be sharing tips for how you can support your friends and loved ones here all month long.