HRI views safety as the core foundation of happy and healthy relationships. Safe relationships are free from all forms of abuse, neglect, and any other threats to a person’s physical and emotional safety, well-being, and development. Sadly, many families in our communities are affected by domestic violence.

If you know someone in an unsafe, abusive relationship, you may be struggling with how to help and support them. It’s not easy to know what to do or how to best help a friend or family member who is facing domestic violence, but thankfully, there are many resources to help you reach out and start a conversation. Showing someone that you deeply care for them and are concerned for their happiness and well-being can go a long way in supporting them through a difficult situation. Some important things to consider are being open to what your friend or family member may need and becoming familiar with the local resources for individuals facing domestic violence in your community.

A couple of resources in Guilford County are:

  1. The Guilford County Family Justice Center
  2. Family Service of the Piedmont

In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, throughout the coming week, HRI will be providing five steps you can take to support and promote the safety of a friend or family member who is experiencing domestic violence.

We encourage you to review and save the “I’ll Be Ready” checklist from the See the Triumph below, so you have it in case you ever need it.

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