Support a Victim/Survivor

If a friend or someone you know has experienced sexual and gender based violence, they may experience a variety of physical, emotional, and spiritual reactions. For some, the emotional impact of experiencing violence can be immediate and short-term. For others, the effects can be long lasting. Your friend or loved one may find it helpful to talk to a counselor or advocate about these feelings. 

You can help:

  • Listen & Validate
  • Believe and support a person to the best of your ability
  • Allow the victim/survivor to control the situation
  • Don't blame, shame, judge
  • Encourage the person to seek support for their healing
  • Let the person know they are not to blame and not alone. 
  • Be patient and empathetic

Take Care of Yourself:

  • Understand your own feelings
  • Know and respect your own limits
  • Don't be afraid to ask for outside help
  • Remember that it is not your fault

Contact Us:

Michelle Ruszat
Violence Intervention and Prevention Coordinator
GEVA Member
Tower 2128
(218) 733-2227