There is a common misunderstanding in society that victims of domestic violence are somehow less savvy or unintelligent than the average person. Nothing could be further from the truth. It takes a great deal of emotional intelligence and smarts to be in a relationship with someone who is abusive.
So, more than anything, victims of domestic violence need someone that they can trust who will listen to them. Someone who will listen to them with empathy and an open mind. Someone who will be a sounding board, not just for their problems, but for the solutions that they come up with when they can finally hear themselves think.
Helping victims of domestic violence isn’t as difficult as many people think. You need the right attitude, information, and resources.
Probably, the most frustrating part can be helping larger society to understand that the potential for danger is real and that victims require support from everyone.
Often, victims don’t need people to save them.
Victims often need support, empathy, compassion, ideas, and resources. Victims need caring people from all walks of life to be there.
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