recognizing & supporting victims of abuse
RECOGNIZING DOMESTIC VIOLENCEIt is impossible to know with certainty what goes on behind closed doors, but there are some telltale signs and symptoms of emotional abuse and domestic violence. If you witness any warning signs of abuse in a friend, family member, or co-worker, take them very seriously.
|WARNING SIGNS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
|GENERAL WARNING SIGNS: People who are being abused may...
|WARNING SIGNS OF PHYSICAL VIOLENCE: People who are being physically abused may...
|WARNING SIGNS OF ISOLATION: People who are being isolated by their abuser may...
|WARNING SIGNS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL & EMOTIONAL ABUSE: People who are being emotionally abused may...
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Call police if you see or hear evidence of domestic abuse
- Speak out publicly against domestic violence
- Take action personally against domestic violence when a neighbor, co-worker, friend, or family member is involved or being abused
- Encourage your neighborhood watch or block association to become as concerned with watching out for domestic violence as with burglaries and other crimes
- Reach out to support someone whom you believe is a victim of domestic abuse and/or talk with a person you believe is being abusive
- Refer and/or offer to accompany victim to agencies trained in helping victims/survivors of domestic abuse, such at the Nampa Family Justice Center
- Help others become informed, by inviting speakers such as Nampa Family Justice Center to your church, professional organization, civic group or workplace
- Support domestic abuse agencies such as the Nampa Family Justice Center
SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCEIf you suspect that someone you know is being abused, speak up! If you're hesitating, telling yourself that it's none of your business, you might be wrong. Even if the person doesn't want to talk about it, expressing your concern will let them know that you care. Your willingness to say something may even save his or her life.
|DOS AND DON'TS
RECOGNIZING CHILD ABUSEChild victims are often abused by parents, caregivers, or other trusted acquaintances. This relationship dynamic makes it difficult for children to report abuse. The child may love the offender and rely on him/her for taking care of other needs. A child may have been instructed not to tell, or threatened with even more severe abuse or harm to others, preventing them from disclosing. Sadly, some children may view the abuse as "normal" because it is what they have always known.
To Report Child Abuse & Neglect, call 1-855-552-5437
|WARNING SIGNS OF CHILD ABUSE
RECOGNIZING ELDER ABUSEAt first, you might not recognize or take seriously signs of elder abuse. They may appear to be symptoms of dementia or signs of the elderly person's frailty- or caregivers may explain them to you that way. In fact, many of the signs and symptoms of elder abuse do overlap with symptoms of mental deterioration, but that doesn't mean you should dismiss them on the caregiver's say-so.
To Report Elder Abuse or Neglect, call 1-844-850-2883
SIGNS OF ABUSEThe following are potential indicators of elder abuse. If you suspect elder abuse, but aren't sure, look for clusters of the following physical and behavioral signs.
|WARNING SIGNS OF ELDER ABUSE
|GENERAL WARNING SIGNS OF ABUSE
|NEGLECT (either by caregiver or self)
Fact: Every year an estimated 2.1 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that's only part of the picture; experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect that is reported, as many as five cases go unreported.
Elder abuse happens, but everyone can act to protect seniors. Here are 10 things you can do to help prevent elder abuse:
- Learn the signs of elder abuse and neglect and report your concerns to Adult Protection Services (208-898-7060 or 1-844-850-2883)
- Call or visit elderly relatives, friends, and neighbors and ask how they're doing
- Provide a respite for a caregiver by filling in for a few hours or more
- Ask an older acquaintance to share his or her talents by teaching you or your children a new skill
- Ask your faith leaders to discuss elder abuse prevention and the importance of respecting older adults with their congregations
- Ask your bank manager to train tellers on how to detect financial exploitation of elders
- Suggest your doctor talk to his or her older patients individually about abuse
- Contact your local adult protective services or long-term care ombudsman (public advocate) to learn how to support their working helping at-risk elders (208-334-3833)
- Volunteer to be a friendly visitor to a nursing home resident or home-bound elder in your community
- Send a letter to your local paper, radio, or TV station suggesting it cover World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15th) or National Grandparent's Day (
PROTECTING YOURSELF, AS AN ELDER, AGAINST ELDER ABUSEIf you are an elder, you can implement protective measures to guard against abuse.
- Make sure your financial and legal affairs are in order. If they aren't, enlist professional help to get them in order, with the assistance of a trusted friend or relative if necessary.
- Keep in touch with family and friends and avoid becoming isolated.
- If you are unhappy with the care you're receiving, whether it's in your own home or in a care facility, speak up. Tell someone you trust and ask that person to report eh abuse, neglect, or substandard care to an elder abuse helpline or long-term care ombudsman, or make the call yourself.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCESAging Issues Help Guide
Idaho Commission on Aging
Southwest Idaho Area Agency on Aging
RECOGNIZING STALKINGStalking can be irritating and incredibly scary for victims. Stalking is dangerous and can even be life-threatening, so it is important that cases of stalking be taken seriously. It may be difficult to identify stalking, but some of the warning signs may be similar to that of domestic violence, since over 50% of stalking victims are stalked by their current or former intimate partners.
|WARNING SIGNS OF STALKING
|The stalker "coincidentally" shows up at various places the victim goes
|Victim receives repeated phone calls and/or texts from the same person
|Victim displays a negative, fearful, or irritated response to gifts received
|Victim appears watchful, or hypervigilant
|Victim attempts to move, change their phone number, or closes social media accounts
SUPPORTING STALKING VICTIMSLess than 40% of victims report stalking behaviors to law enforcement, even though it is a crime in all 50 states. Sadly, popular movies and television series glamorize and normalize stalking. Therefore, it is vital that you support those who are being stalked.
|SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF STALKING
|Believe those who tell you they are being stalked, and take it seriously
|Encourage the victim to report stalking behaviors to law enforcement
|Encourage the victim to make an appointment with a Nampa Family Justice Center advocate, and offer to accompany them to the appointment
|Encourage the victim to keep track of all stalking behaviors, using a form like this
|Accompany to the victim to his/her car after work or social gatherings