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What to do to help domestic violence victims

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    If you suspect a family member, friend or workmate is being abused by their boyfriend or partner

    • It is essential that everything possible is done to keep women and children safe before, during and after separation.
    • Women who are in immediate danger should always Call 111 for the Police – or ask neighbours or friends to ring.
    • Use these contacts to gain help.
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    Don't ignore it

    • Break the silence and you’ll also break the isolation and shame that domestic violence victims often feel
    • Educate yourself
    • Be supportive – don’t blame the victim
    • Take domestic violence seriously
    • Encourage them to seek advice and assistance from a local help agency
    • If at anytime, you believe there is a threat to their safety, call the Police.
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    Remember: most murders and serious assaults happen

    • At the time of separation or after
    • When the abuser has less control – when the woman files for a protection order, gets a new partner, or in Sophie Elliott’s case, a new job
    • When events occur that mean the abuse will be exposed (e.g. when Police get involved).
    • Leaving does not end the violence – it often gets worse after separation.
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    If you suspect a family member, friend or workmate is being abused by their boyfriend or partner

    It is essential that everything possible is done to keep women and children safe before, during and after separation.
    Women who are in immediate danger should always Call 111 for the Police – or ask neighbours or friends to ring.
    Use these contacts to gain help.
  • null

    Don't ignore it

    Break the silence and you’ll also break the isolation and shame that domestic violence victims often feel

    Educate yourself

    Be supportive – don’t blame the victim

    Take domestic violence seriously

    Encourage them to seek advice and assistance from a local help agency

    If at anytime, you believe there is a threat to their safety, call the Police.

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    Remember: most murders and serious assaults happen

    At the time of separation or after

    When the abuser has less control – when the woman files for a protection order, gets a new partner, or in Sophie Elliott’s case, a new job

    When events occur that mean the abuse will be exposed (e.g. when Police get involved).

    Leaving does not end the violence – it often gets worse after separation.