Helping a Family Member

Mar 27th, 2010 In: Resources Voices of Violence By: Comments 0

Most women experience their first violent relationship between the ages of 16-24.

This crucial age is when many women make the decision to leave a relationship and look out for future warning signs or enter the cycle of violence. The documentary, Sin By Silence offers a unique gateway for young women to see how irrevocable the decision to stay can be.

Relationships can be a difficult subject to discuss for family members. Often a family member has a suspicion about a partner, yet judgments can do far more to hurt than to help.

Violent relationships are difficult to talk about because of embarrassment and shame, but time is ticking and every moment counts. If you suspect that a family member is currently in an abusive relationship, there are many ways to connect with them.

Educate yourself on the warning signs of violent relationships.

Listen. Believe. Support.

Ask questions.

Order Sin By Silence on DVD and watch the film together.

Understand their reasons for why they need to stay in the relationship and offer options.

Help create a safety plan.

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