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Overcoming Your Hesitation To Help

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"It's none of my business." "I don't know what to say." "I might make things worse."
We know how you feel. But it is important that you overcome your hesitation.


Your ConcernThe Reality
You feel it’s none of your business. It could be a matter of life or death. Violence is everyone’s business.
You don’t know what to say. Saying you care and are concerned is a good start.
You might make things worse. Doing nothing could make things worse.
It’s not serious enough to involve the police. Police are trained to respond and utilize other resources.
You are afraid his violence will turn to you or your family. Speak to him alone. Let the police know if you receive threats.
You think she doesn’t really want to leave because she keeps going back to him. She may not have had the support she needed.
You are afraid he will become angry with you. Maybe, but it gives you the chance to offer your help.
You feel that both partners are your friends. One friend is being abusive and the other lives in fear.
You believe that if he wanted help or wanted to change his behaviour, he would ask for help. He may be too ashamed to ask for help.
You think it’s a private matter. It isn’t when someone is being hurt.


Courtesy of Neighbours, Friends and Families.