Help A Friend
If you suspect that a friend, family member, colleague, or neighbor is experiencing domestic violence, please call our 24-hour hotline at 404-688-9436 or read more about ways you can help.
Asking the simple question "Are you OK?" can open the door to further conversations and sharing of potentially life-saving information. A follow-up statement such as "I'm concerned for your safety" can help to create an emotionally safe atmosphere for disclosure.
Often both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence deny and minimize the seriousness of the abuse. Fabricated reports are rare and only a small fraction of domestic violence incidents are reported to law enforcement or advocacy groups. Many victims of abuse live in closeted isolation for many years.
Because of the isolation they often face, many domestic violence survivors aren't aware of the resources available to them, both while in the relationship and if they choose to leave. Learn about the services we provide here or by calling our hotline, and encourage victims to call our hotline for emotional support as they make decisions about their safety.
Help victims of domestic violence keep police reports and/or written accounts and photographs of injuries and property destruction where they will not be discovered by the abuser. Even if the victim is not ready to end the abusive relationship, evidence of past crimes will help to secure prosecution at a later date.
We understand that every survivors of domestic violence is an expert in her/their own life. There are many good reasons why victims stay in or return to abusive relationships, and the road to a safer life can be a long one. Survivors often suffer from feelings of low self-esteem and isolation from others. However, survivors can awaken to their own capabilities and potential when walking with someone who will provide support and help them see the possibilities beyond the pain.