Regular contact with those who are known to be victims of domestic violence prevents them from being completely isolated in their situation. Of course, it is important to be aware that the abuser may be close by. Exchanges have to be kept on "light" topics unless the person is alone. The same is true for text messages or e-mails, which may be intercepted by the abuser.
If you are able to speak with the victim safely, it may be a good idea to agree on a code that could be conveyed easily if the victim needs you to notify emergency services. Chose a code that seems "innocent", such as talking about a sudden urge for sweets "I would give anything for ice cream right now...", about a shared memory "do you remember when we went to Quebec city?" or about someone in particular "I miss grandma so much today".
Community resources specializing in the support of victims of domestic violence (SOS violence conjugale and our colleagues in shelters throughout Quebec and other external resources) are currently working hard to meet the needs of victims and their families.
We are available 24 hours a day, every day. Knowing that there is help, that people are concerned about them and that they can call on us gives victims of domestic violence a dose of hope and power. Share our publications, make your concern visible, and you will have done a lot.
Nothing is as powerful as solidarity. Share your support and our helpline on sidewalks and streets through cities, towns and suburbs. Don’t have any chalk on hand? Use your creativity to write or draw messages of support. We would be honored to receive photos of your work at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will use these images to show solidarity for victims through our social networks.
Source : SOS violence conjugale SOS-INFO volume 11, mars 2020.
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