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How to Help a Friend


It can be hard to know what to do to help a friend or family member who has experienced interpersonal violence.  Here are a couple of considerations and a few resources that may help provide a better understanding about what you can do that will be helpful to your loved-one.  

What should I do if I know someone who needs help?

  • If there is an immediate safety concern, call 911 
  • Start by believing, continue by supporting. Listen, offer support & resources.
  • Never judge, blame, or tell them what to do.
  • Let them know about confidential resources such as Center for Student Wellness Victim-Survivor Advocates (CSW- VSAs), The University Counseling Center (UCC), or Women's Resource Center (WRC).
  • If they want, make a referral to VSAs. Email with their name & preferred contact info. VSAs will reach out to explain services and offer an appointment.
  • It can be hard to hear about violence, especially if it's from someone you care about. Take care of yourself, seek support & utilize resources.
  • If you are a University of Utah employee, you are required to report to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. Call 801-581-8365 and let them know what has been disclosed to you. They will then ensure that the person who experienced the interpersonal violence has access to their rights and resources.
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Last Updated: 5/10/19