How many times have you heard people say, âThey were good neighbours. We never heard them.â? Or even worse, âThe guy seemed nice. We would have never thought that he could kill his wife.â? These kinds of statements show that domestic violence can be found in any situation, and that it can easily shock anyone who hasnât been paying attention. There are several resources that can help you recognize the signs of domestic violence, and that can tell you what you can do. You can also help a domestic violence victim to prepare a safety plan that she could use before or during a violent incident. Donât hesitate in offering your help when you suspect a family member, acquaintance or neighbour might be a domestic violence victim.
Remember that domestic violence can happen to anyone. If you are worried about a family member or close friend, prepare a rescue plan.