By Paul Schmitt
Giving advice to someone you believe is in a domestic violence situation can be difficult for a person who is close to the victim. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. Help of Door County Executive Director Steve Vickman says there are signs that are typically shown in relationships.
Vickman also says you need to listen, believe and not judge victims that are confiding in you. Let them know you are there for them if they fear for their own safety. One in three women and one in four men have been victims of some type of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the NCADV.