Helping a victim find safety can take on many different forms.
The most important way to support a victim is to offer to help connect them with trained advocates. Hubbard House is available 24/7/365 through our Domestic Violence Hotline at (904) 354-3114 and Textline at (904) 210-3698.
While you may also consider offering your home to the victim if they need to leave the relationship, please think carefully about whether this is the safest option. Leaving an abusive relationship can be a very dangerous time for the victim. If the abuser knows the victim would come to you for help, and if that person knows where you live, then the victim may not be safe, and you may be in harm’s way as well. Hubbard House’s shelter is a confidential location that can be a safe place for the victim.
Do not compromise your safety in order to help a victim. If you are closely supporting the victim, you should consider creating your own safety plan. Hubbard House is here for you, too!
You can also support victims by being an advocate for ending domestic violence. You can join Hubbard House staff or become a volunteer, donate to our life-saving work, or raise awareness among your social and professional groups!