Tools for helping victims of domestic violence
Are you worried a friend or family member may be involved in an abusive relationship? There are many steps you can take to help.
Most domestic violence victims feel very alone and confused as a result of the abuse. Victims often feel they have nowhere to turn – they may worry no one will believe them, they may blame themselves for the abuse, and they may fear their abuser will hurt them, their children, or their pets if they reveal the abuse to anyone outside their home.
You can take steps to help. Each of us has the power to reach out to someone we love and tell them that abuse is not their fault. Love shouldn’t hurt. And safety is possible.
Visit the following sections to learn more:
- Common Warning Signs of Domestic Violence (PDF)
- Understanding DV: The Power and Control Wheel (PDF)
- How to Help a Loved One: Do’s and Don’ts (PDF)
The DAIS Help Line is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We encourage you to call with any questions or fears you may be experiencing. Our trained Help Line Advocates are here to help. The Help Line can be reached at 608-251-4445 or 800-747-4045 (toll free in Dane County).
Friends & Family of Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence Support Group
DAIS now offers a support group for the friends & family of survivors of intimate partner violence. The group meets on the fourth Sunday of the month from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
The purpose of this support group is to create a safe, welcoming, informative, interactive space for friends and family members of someone going through IPV. This group will break the isolation and address the helplessness felt by loved ones who struggle to support family and friends locked in the cycle of abuse. Participants will be able to relate, support each other and learn about IPV along with alternative approaches and strategies for comping and supporting their loved ones, while maintaining self care.
Participating is entirely confidential and free of charge. If you are interested in attending, please call our 24-hour Help Line at 608-251-4445 or 1-800-747-4045.Back to top