Friends, family members and co-workers who suspect someone they know is being abused can get information by calling the Domestic Violence Helpline at (253) 798-4166.
If you have seen, heard, suspect or are concerned about domestic violence or abuse involving people you know, this section offers suggested actions you can take to help.
Your offer of help could make the difference to someone living in an abusive situation.
If you see or hear an assault, call 9-1-1.
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Warning Signs of Abuse
Frequent bruises or injuries
The person becomes unusually quiet or withdrawn
The person is absent from work a lot or quits their job
The person stops talking about their partner
The person wears concealing clothes even in warm weather
While there is no single correct way to help a victim, here are some important things to keep in mind:
Talk in a safe, private place
Take the time to listen and believe what you hear
Don't underestimate the danger
Express your concern for the person's safety
Don't expect change overnight; be patient and continue to offer support
Don't judge or criticize the victim's decisions
Encourage the person to make their own choices, but urge him/her to talk to someone in a confidential setting who knows about domestic violence like the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center
Family Justice Center 718 Court E Tacoma, WA 98402