Bystander to Domestic Abuse
Millions of women are abused each year, and over a thousand are killed by their partners. (Men face abuse too, but those numbers are far smaller.) Recognition and intervention are critical to breaking the cycle of abuse, but the key roadblock is thinking, “This is none of my business.” Here’s your motivation for a different approach: The sooner the abuse is recognized, the safer the exit can be. It could save a life. The simplest intervention is a friend or coworker recognizing an injury, asking about it, and tactfully not accepting an unconvincing answer. The follow-up statement is, “I’m concerned about you. How did you really get hurt?” Offer to find help, and count on your EAP or community resources for expert guidance on what to do or say next.