If there is someone in your life who you think is being abused, or if a victim of abuse would likely disclose their story to you or your organization, then you are a “first responder.” You play an important role in their healing.
But how can you know if it’s abuse?
What Role Can I Play if Someone I Know is Being Abused?
As a first responder, you have the opportunity to provide comfort, hope and encouragement at a critical time for someone impacted by abuse. We can help you identify and respond to abuse so you can encourage them with hope and healing.
In this video, our Founder, Annette Oltmans, shares her personal story and her expertise on how to identify and respond to cases of Primary and Double Abuse®.
I’ve reached out for help and no one WILL believe me. I look like the crazy one.
It is probably the most painful position to find yourself in and one that needs immediate and safe corrective attention. The response you’ve received has made it more difficult to heal.
My significant other does not treat me kindly.
We believe that clarity is the first step to healing. Before you can work on your relationship, it is important to identify the patterns you are experiencing.
I think my couple therapy is making things worse.
If you determine that you may be in an abusive relationship here is some information as to why your couple therapy may be making your situation worse.
I’m A Pastor/Spiritual advisor and need tools to counsel victims of abuse.
We affirm you for seeking help. We encourage every spiritual leader to read the pages on this website, especially so that you understand both the concept and the ramifications of double abuse®.
Someone I know is in a relationship impacted by abuse, what should I do?
We understand that this can be an overwhelming and complex issue. Your friend or family member is in a vulnerable position and should be approached with compassion.