How does this affect me?
No matter if and when a survivor chooses to tell others about their experience of violence, it is important to support the survivor and their decisions.
Family members, friends, and loved ones are often indispensable support systems for survivors. We encourage all members of a survivor's support system to prioritize their own health during this difficult time. They may experience a range of emotions after learning that their relative, close friend, or partner has been hurt. These feelings often include anger, disbelief, pain, sadness, and helplessness.