Sexual/Domestic/Partner Violence Resources

Supporting a Survivor

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A person who has been victimized often often confides in a person they know and trust before contacting a resource service like UNA Student Counseling Services, Rape Response, SafePlace or the Police.  As a faculty, staff member, or friend you have the opportunity to provide the link between that person and additional support and services.

1. Listen non-judgmentally

Listening sympathetically and without judgment establishes a climate of trust and safety. Take the assault seriously and give the survivor every consideration you would for anyone facing a serious life trauma.

Each person will react to an assault, abuse or harassment in his or her own way. You can tell her or him that although the experience was traumatic, recovery and healing are possible, help is available and can make a difference.

LISTENING is NOT: Interrupting, yelling, injecting your feelings, changing the subject, making light of the situation, etc.

2. Maintain Confidentiality

This is essential for both the trust and safety of the survivor. His or her trust has already been violated in a deeply damaging way. Please respect the survivor’s confidences and do not discuss the situation with anyone else without his or her permission.

3. Give Emotional Support

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4. Give Personal Support