This year all of our Silent Witnesses featured tips on how to prevent and recognize Domestic Violence.
1. If you suspect a friend or family member is in an abusive relationship, encourage her or him to get help.
2. Call the police if you hear or see a couple or family fighting.
3. If someone discloses abuse, listen without judgment and offer help when she or he is ready to seek help.
4. Take claims of abuse seriously. Domestic violence affects women and men who differ by age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, and cultural background.
5. Distribute A Safe Place cards and brochures to help raise awareness about the various forms of domestic abuse.
6. Educate yourself and your loved ones about domestic abuse, and recognize that domestic abuse is characterized by a pattern of power and control.
7. If you suspect that a friend or family member is in an abusive relationship, seek help to learn about how you can best support your friend or family member.
8. Talk to your children about building healthy relationships and how to recognize signs of abuse.
9. If you see a couple getting into an argument, create a simple diversion—such as asking for the time or directions—to help de-escalate the situation.
10. If you witness a friend or family member abusing his or her partner, express your concern and encourage your friend or family member to seek help.
11. If your child witnesses abusive behavior, explain why the behavior is wrong or hurtful and seek help if needed.
12. Familiarize yourself with domestic violence red flags, and seek help if your partner:
- Is jealous and possessive
- Humiliates or criticizes you
- Blames you for his or her behavior
- Threatens to hurt you, your children, or your pets
- Prevents you from seeing friends and family
- Limits your access to money, food, and other resources
13. Speak up if you see an animal being hurt.
14. Be aware and inform others that animal abuse is linked to domestic violence.