The first step in breaking a pattern of violence is to tell someone. Confide in a friend or a family member, go to a neighbor or call the LINK line. The second step is taking action to ensure your safety and that of your family.
If you are being abused, call the police to report the violence and apply for a Protective Order. You can get referral information from the domestic violence information LINK line at (800) 897 LINK (5465) in Utah. The Draper City Victim Advocate Program can help with counseling, shelter and other services, and can be contacted at (801) 576-6300.
If you suspect someone you know is being abused:
- Ask about injuries and bruises that you notice, which may be evidence of abuse. You can offer assistance such as accompanying someone to a hospital, to the police station, court, etc.
- Listen without judging. Give someone the time to talk, and believe what they says Remind your friend that it is not their fault. Let them know they are not alone.
- Realize that helping someone might be a slow process, and that the victim may choose to remain with their abuser.
- Call police if you are concerned someone is in danger. Encourage the victim to also file a police report.
- Encourage your friend to find resources like the Draper City Victim Advocate Program, or the Domestic Violence LINK line.
- Help the victim create and implement a safety plan.