Many people want the support and companionship that comes with being in a relationship. But when a relationship becomes unhealthy, painful and a source of heartache, it’s difficult to decide what to do and where to turn. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, on average 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year. HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties, Inc. (HelpLine) wants to change these statistics in our communities through resources and awareness.
HelpLine is participating in a nationwide public awareness effort, The Red Flag Campaign, aimed at stopping IPV/DV. In partnership with other local agencies, this awareness project illustrates “red flags” that might be present in a relationship in which IPV/DV is occurring. The campaign encourages people to speak up when they see red flags of violence in the relationships of their friends and families.
Who is likely to witness abuse? Friends and family members are the most likely group of people to seek resources and information to help victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)/Domestic Violence (DV). There are many red flags that indicate violence is occurring in relationships. Name-calling, excessive jealousy, blaming, isolation are all indicators of violence. In these situations, there may also be stalking, physical and/or sexual abuse. Many times these behaviors are subtle and/or kept hidden away from friends or family. Over time these behaviors become increasingly dangerous and noticeable.
“Many times people in need of assistance don’t know where to go or who to turn to in times of difficulty and crisis,” says Tiana Purvis, HelpLine Associate Director. “The confidential hotline and text messaging service offers a discreet and non-threatening way for people to get help.”
Friends and family have an influential role intervening in IPV/DV not only with the victim, but also with the abusive partner. They have the ability to provide safety, support and articulate what behaviors are unacceptable. HelpLine offers several resources for those experiencing IPV/DV as well as confidential support via our 24/7 hotline, advocacy and education. For more information, call 800-684-2324 or text helpline to 898211. For more information visit www.helplinedelmor.org/redflags.