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.