TurnAround is the rape crisis center for Baltimore City and County.

After hours Crisis line: 443-279-0379

Supporting Someone
Going Through Abuse

What to Do if Someone Tells You About an Assault

It can be difficult to hear that someone you care about has survived an act of violence. There is not a perfect response, but here are some helpful tips:
  • Listen.
  • Be patient.
  • Don’t judge or blame them.
  • Use survivor affirming language, such as: “I believe you,” and “this doesn’t change how I feel about you” and “this isn’t your fault.” (https://www.rainn.org/articles/how-respond-survivor).
  • If the survivor is ready to report, ask how you can support them. Find information here about steps on reporting (What To Expect When An Assault is Reported).
  • Be supportive especially if the survivor chooses not to report.
  • Encourage survivors to seek out support, counseling and other resources. Call the TurnAround Helpline, 443-279-0379.
  • Allow the survivor to make these decisions.
  • Check in after the assault. Don’t avoid talking about the abuse. Offer to be there for them however and whenever they need.
  • Understand that most victims of domestic violence do not leave their partner quickly, and many don’t leave at all. Do not judge them. Offer to be there whenever they need you. The abusive partner often wants to isolate the victim; don’t let that happen.
  • For information on power and control tactics, please click here.

For Appointments

Call Us: 410-377-8111

Any Questions?

Email Us: info@turnaroundinc.org