Supporting Victims

What If I See Red Flags?

Help save a life with a caring conversation.

Help, Don’t Lead

As you prepare to talk to a victim, you have their safety and best interest at heart. But sometimes, what you want for the victim may not be what’s best and safest for them at that time.

It’s important that the victim get to lead in the decision making on what’s safest for themselves and their children. Doing something like calling the police without their consent can take that control away from the victim.

The best role you can take in these situations is to educate yourself about the resources that are available and connect the victim to the free, confidential support of trained advocates, like those at Hubbard House. The victim knows what is best and safest for themselves and their children, so it’s important they lead the process of finding safety.

When You speak with a victim:

  • Don’t demand the victim call the police.
  • Don’t tell the victim that if they stay, you won’t help them anymore.
  • Don’t share information about the victim with other people, unless the victim agrees.
  • Don’t judge or criticize the victim for the choices they make.

To anyone experiencing domestic violence, Hubbard House is here for you. You can get free, confidential support 24/7 through our Hotline at (904) 354-3114 and Textline at (904) 210-3698.