Every day, people in Illinois live with domestic abuse. Nationally, a person suffers a physical attack from a partner or spouse every three seconds, and one-quarter of women will experience domestic abuse or violence at some point in their lives. When friends and family want to help a victim, they can take some concrete steps to support the person.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline recommends that the friends and relatives of victims provide a supportive attitude. A concerned person could focus on helping the abuse victim create a safety plan for coping with attacks or eventually leaving the relationship. The plan could include the identification of places in the home to hide or avenues of escape. The location of the nearest shelter should be shared, and children should be told how to get help during an emergency.