On Day 12, we ask that if you witness violence against women, don’t ignore it.
This doesn’t mean intervening at your own personal risk – being a good ally to women does not mean putting yourself in harm’s way. If you witness violence against women there are a number of ways you can intervene safely without incurring risk to yourself or further harm to the victim. You could call the police on either 999 or 101 and report the incident to them. You may be able to approach the victim if they are alone and offer support that way.
Some things to remember when supporting a woman after a violent attack:
- Listen and believe.
- If they don’t want to talk don’t force the issue. Look up some helpful numbers and pass them on for when they are ready to deal with what’s happened. The 24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline is open 24/7 to all women and men affected by domestic or sexual violence. Call free on 0808 802 1414
- do not be judgemental, do not blame them, let them know that they did not deserve what happened to them.