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ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT A CO-WORKER, FRIEND OR RELATIVE WHO MAY BE IN AN EMOTIONALLY OR PHYSICALLY ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP?

DO ASK....

  • Is someone hurting you?
  • Did someone hurt you?
  • Are you afraid of your partner?
  • Has your partner every hit (kicked, hurt) you?
  • I have a friend whose partner tries to control everything they do: Is this happening to you?
  • Is there someone from a previous relationship who is making you feel unsafe now?

YOU CAN SAY....

  • I believe you.
  • I’m worried about your safety (and the safety of your children).
  • I care about you, and I know how you can get help.
  • I’m sad for you, but these situations get worse.
  • You don’t deserve to be hurt, you’ve done nothing wrong, this is not your fault.
  • What is happening is wrong.
  • Only you can decide what is best for you, but you could have a safety plan in case you are in danger.
  • I can give you a number to call for help and advice.
  • You are not alone.

WHAT NOT TO SAY....

  • Why don’t you just leave?
  • Why did you return to your partner?
  • What did you do to provoke your partner?
  • Why did you wait so long to tell someone?
  • Don’t label them as “battered” or “abused.”
  • Don’t talk to the couple together about the abuse.
  • Don’t discuss your concerns with their partner.
  • Don’t tell them what they must do.
  • Don’t discuss their information with anyone else without their permission.

HOTLINES

Safelink (877) 785-2020
REACH (800) 899-4000
National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-SAFE
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (617) 492-RAPE
Fenway Community Health (888) 242-0900 x6250 (for gay, lesbian, bisexual survivors)

(Adapted from Newton-Wellesley Hospital Domestic Violence Prevention Council)

HOTLINES ARE FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL, AVAILABLE 24 HOURS/7 DAYS, TRANSLATORS AVAILABLE

IN MASSACHUSETTS:
Domestic Violence Hotline, 877-785-2020
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, 800-841-8371

OUTSIDE MASSACHUSETTS:
National Domestic Violence Hotline, 800-799-7233

IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER:
Call the Police at 911

For more information or to discuss domestic abuse concerns you may call the Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.

Or call Safelink: a 24 hour Hotline for Information and Referral Call 1-877-785-2020


If you need Immediate Assistance, dial the police at 911

 


This content was last modified on: 10/27/2016

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