If you're here, it's because you have a family member who is experiencing sexual or domestic violence.
By far, the most important thing you can do is provide a safe, confidential space for your loved one to talk while you listen without judgment.
Educating yourself about sexual and domestic violence can be helpful because you can better understand what that person is going through when you have a solid base of knowledge.
Remember, you don't have to solve all your loved one's problems. You are there to support them, believe them, provide resources when appropriate, and let them know they aren't alone.
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We have great information right here on our website about helping a family member who is or who has experienced sexual or domestic violence.
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Specifics for family members dealing with domestic violence
Here are some links to websites that we think will help you while you support your loved one.
Verywellmind has great information about how to support a loved one, potential signs of abuse, safety planning, as well as things not to do. Check it out here.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a great resource for you and your loved ones. Check it out here.
Do you have questions about whether someone is abusive? It can be helpful to learn the warning signs of abusive people to better prepare yourself for talking with your loved ones about what they are experiencing. Check out the warning signs here.
Specifics for family members dealing with sexual violence
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We know you can help
Survivors of sexual or domestic violence are more likely to turn to someone they know when they need help. That’s where you come in! Your support, kindness, and willingness to be there for them make a big difference.
You aren’t in this alone. The DOVES Program is here when you need to talk. If things get too big for you to handle, we are glad to provide services directly to your loved one.
Together, we got this.