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Helping Victims of Domestic Violence

Stigma causes many people to hide their domestic violence victimization. It also causes others to remain silent in order to protect the victim, even if they are in the best position to help. Helping a domestic abuse victim starts with acknowledgement—saying that you sense something is wrong, and what you believe it might be. Victims of domestic violence often struggle with other problems like parenting issues, money problems, anxiety, fear, job insecurity, and health concerns. A nonjudgmental, empathetic listening ear can have a powerful and healing impact that begins the process of allowing next steps to follow. These may be legal or community protection measures. Do you know someone who might be a victim of domestic abuse? You could be the first person she (or he) opens up to about it. Still unsure what to do? Phone a domestic abuse hotline.  New York State 24-Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotlines:  1-800-942-6906 (English) or 1-800- 942-6908 (Spanish)

Tracy Bussey | 11/7/2016

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