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What should I do if I suspect someone is being abused?

This is a very delicate matter and every caution must be taken if you suspect someone is being subjected to DFV.

The best course of action is to find the opportunity to approach the victim herself and ask open-ended questions like “Are you ok?” or “You seem agitated, can I help you with something?”.

Chances are that the victim won’t confide in you the first few times you ask. But you have planted the seed to let her know that you are there to help – a safe place to go when it’s time for her to tell someone.

You can also provide resources such as numbers to call for assistance. Many DFV survivors are not aware of the huge support network of organisations that have been set up to assist them flee DVF and start new lives.

For more information and links to DFV services where a survivor can get more help click HERE.

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