Monday, September 26, 2011

Domestic Violence is an Equal Opportunity Violator!

I just read the blog post about a wealthy Beverly Hills wife who is experiencing domestic violence. I REALLY loved how "The Hotline" used the dialog and injected suggestions about how to better help friends and family members when they confide in you about what they're experiencing.

  • It can be hard to know what to say to a friend in need. Make sure you stay away from areas of victim-blaming. This exchange perked our ears:
  • Lisa: “Don’t you really feel that maybe you really deserve better than the way you’ve been treated. Really?”
    Taylor: “I think I don’t believe that. “
    Lisa: “That’s the problem, isn’t it?”
    While Lisa was trying to help, her approach placed the guilt on Taylor, making Taylor believe that she had done something wrong.
    Hotline Help: No one chooses to be in an abusive relationship or wants the abuse to continue. Remember to be supportive and non-judgmental. Respect your friend’s decisions and do not criticize them. Remember that it’s easier to talk as an outsider looking at the relationship than the other way around.


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