Prevention and Referral Services
Office of Domestic Violence
If you know someone being abused -- do not look the other way:
- Give them this number to call for a counselor 24 hours a day:
- Let them know you are concerned about them.
- Offer to listen.
- Respect their choices, but encourage them to talk with professionals about safety issues. Leaving the abusive situation is also a very dangerous time.
- Offer as much help as you can, but do not take risks with your own safety. Examples of help: child care, transportation, a place to stay, a job, lending money, a place to keep their escape bag. An escape bag is a bag filled with things needed in case the victim decides to leave. For example: identification; birth certificate and Social Security cards for self and children; checkbook; extra car, house, storage or other keys; address book/phone numbers; school and medical records; car, health and life insurance papers; divorce, custody or injunction papers; change of clothes; pictures, jewelry and keepsakes; personal hygiene products; picture of abuser (to use to serve court papers); etc.
- Contact one of the agencies listed to volunteer your time.