Frequently Asked Questions About Relationship Violence
|1.||What is relationship violence?||+|
Answer: Relationship violence is any physical or sexual harm against an individual by a current or former spouse of or person in a dating relationship with such individual that results from any action by such spouse or such person that may be classified as a sexual assault, stalking, or domestic violence under Connecticut law.
|2.||Helping a Victim of Relationship Violence||+|
If someone you know is a victim of relationship abuse, here are ways you can help:
- Avoid shaming the victim. Remember that your friend or family member did not ask to be abused and it may be difficult to get out of a relationship due to finances, children, dependency issues, and/or lack of a support system.
- Develop a safety plan with the victim.
- Listen to the victim and let him/her know that you are there to support him/her.
- Provide University resources and off-campus resources. Explain to the victim what his/her options are without making decisions for the victim or pushing him/her to make a decision. When the victim is ready, he/she will make the choice to leave.