How Can You Help?

While you may not be a trained counselor, there are things you can do to help a friend or family member cope and find help. Whether the act of violence occurred recently or a long time ago, it is helpful if you can:

  • Believe them
  • Maintain a calm manner
  • Listen without interrupting
  • Allow for tears and expression of feelings
  • Convey genuine concern
  • Provide accurate information
  • Allow them to make their own choices
  • Set judgments aside
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Let them know it’s not their fault
  • Let them know there are people who can help and they that don’t have to go through this alone
  • Be supportive
  • Encourage them to reach out for help.
Information taken from Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center brochure.