Overcoming Your Hesitation to Help

Source: http://www.neighboursfriendsandfamilies.ca/node/41

Here are some concerns you may have about whether you should help:

Points of Concern VS. Points to Consider

You feel its none of your business.
It could be a matter of life or death.

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 her alone. Let the police know if you receive threats.

You think she doesn’t really want to leave because she keeps coming back.
She may not have had the support she needed.

You are afraid she will become angry with you.
Maybe, but she will know you care.

You feel that both partners are your friends.
One friend is being abused and lives in fear.

You believe that if she wanted help, she would ask for help.
She may be too afraid and ashamed to ask for help.

You think it is a private matter.
It isn’t when someone is being hurt.

Always keep yourself safe. Don’t get in the middle of an assault. Call the police in an emergency. Everyone can work to prevent woman abuse.