A positive way to respond when someone shares their experience of domestic violence (Ben/Cole)
Domestic violence looks different for everyone, and it can take many different forms. That’s why it’s key to be able to pick up on the signs that something has changed in someone you care about. Maybe it’s that they’re suddenly cancelling plans at the last minute, cutting off contact from family and friends, or wearing sunglasses inside. Something just feels…off. And you’re not sure what to do, or how to help. But one thing’s for sure: if you’re concerned about someone, the way you approach it makes a big difference. Studies show that just one positive conversation with a peer is likely to lead someone to seek further help, so it’s good to know how to open up the conversation, even when it's difficult.
If you're worried that someone you know may be experiencing domestic violence, in this video, we share an example of a positive way to respond.
Do you need help?
If you, or someone you know, is impacted by domestic violence, please contact the 24-hour family violence helpline: 403-234-SAFE (7233) or toll-free 1-866-606-7233.