What to do if you witness gender-based violence or know someone who is a victim:
- Depending on the situation, victims can be reluctant to report their attacker(s) and it is important that you approach them sensitively.
- Let the victim know that you support them and that you will be discreet about any information they share, don’t pressure them to talk if they are not ready
- Listen without judgement Refer the victim to support services, share the phone numbers for shelters, social services and support groups and let them know that you are available to help them.
When talking to the victim of violence:
- Listen attentively and let them know you believe them
- Be compassionate and patient, respect their feelings and choices
- Tell them you are sorry to hear about the situation and that you want to help
- Do not minimise what they have experienced, tell them to move on or to stay silent or suggest that it may have been their fault
- If possible, offer the victim practical help such as making a safety plan, preparing an emergency bag or connecting them with crisis hotlines, support groups and domestic violence shelters.
Supporting someone who is a victim of gender-based violence can be difficult, make sure you are looking after yourself and reach out to organisations that can support you and help you better support the victim.
Keep your eyes open to the different types of gender-based violence.
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MTÜ Pärnu Naiste Tugikeskus
Lasteabitelefon 116 111
MTÜ Naiste Tugi- ja Teabekeskus
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The rights of victims’ family members
Right to protection and to individual assessment
Right to participate in criminal proceedings
Right to support services
Right to information
Right to understand and to be understood
Find out how keeping your eyes open can help victims of violence.