Information for Friends & Family
How to Support Someone
It can be scary when someone you know has been affected by or accused of sexual misconduct or relationship violence. Knowing where to turn for help is an important part of being able to process and move forward. As family and friends, there are many ways in which you can be supportive during this difficult time.
Here are some ways that you can be supportive:
- Listen – So that they feel heard.
- Learn the Process – So that you know what they will be going through.
- Connect them to Resources – So they have the help they need.
- Communicate – your support by checking in and offering your help.
Understand that this is a difficult time and there are likely to be many questions. Taking care of yourself is an important part of being able to be present and supportive with your friend or loved one.
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Get access to quick-and-easy tools that help you or someone you care about to quickly leave uncomfortable situations. Use the app to find guidance and support for those affected by sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking.