5.3 B. Guidance and Resources


Unsafe Relationships

Mayor of London (2012)

These guides are written for friends, family, parents and partners supporting people who are or have been in unsafe relationships.

Unsafe relationships - supporting your friends
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Unsafe relationships - supporting friends and family
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Unsafe relationships - supporting your child
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Unsafe relationships - helping your partner deal with the past
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Children, Young People and Domestic Violence: How to Help Your Mates

Greater London Domestic Violence Project (2008)

This leaflet is for people who are worried that they or their friends maybe in an unsafe relationship.

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Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence

Russo, A. and Spatz, M. (2007)

This report highlights a growing movement in Chicago of community-based initiatives seeking to resist violence against women, create community accountability for its perpetration and develop strategies to end the oppressive systems that support it.

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If Someone You Know is Experiencing Domestic Violence

Greater London Authority (2006)

This guidance is for anyone who thinks a family or friend is experiencing domestic violence it gives suggestions that are based on what formerly abused women said they found helpful.

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Family and Friends leaflet: if someone you know is experiencing domestic violence

Greater London Authority (2006)

This document was developed and first published by Greater London Authority and then reprinted for West Berkshire by the West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Forum.

This site provides The Friends and Family leaflet in six languages other than English; these are; Bengali, Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu.

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Neighbours, Friends and Families

An online public education campaign from Canada to raise awareness of the signs of woman abuse so that those close to an at-risk woman or an abusive man can help. Downloadable information includes:

•    How You can Identify and Help Women at Risk of Abuse

•    Safety Planning for Women Who Are Abused

•    How to Talk to Men Who Are Abusive

•    Understanding Women Abuse

•    Raising Awareness with the Media

•    Neighbours, Friends & Families Video (information about how neighbours, friends and families are impacted by woman abuse and importance of community-based strategies for ending woman abuse).

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Community Action Kit to Prevent Woman Abuse

Neighbours, Friends and Families (2006)

This kit aims to guide the work of community facilitators or leaders in starting a Neighbours, Friends and Families campaign with members of the local community.

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Model Protocol on Working with Friends and Family of Domestic Violence Victims

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2004)

The introduction to this protocol talks about all the good reasons to give concerted effort to involving the friends and family of victims in survivor services work. Included in the body of the protocol are: basic principles, concrete steps a program can take to include friends and family, community education and organising, and support for friends and family within shelters and transitional housing programs. The protocol includes resources, FAQs, an informal review of current practice and a definition of praxis.

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Family and Friends’ Guide to Domestic Violence: how to listen, talk, and take action when someone you care about is being abused

Weiss, E. (2003)

This is a USA publication available as an e-book which gives guidance on how to listen, talk and take action when a family member or friend is experiencing abuse.

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Advice for families, friends and neighbours

DVRCV (Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria) is an Australian website that gives comprehensive guidance on helping a family member or friend experiencing domestic violence, including a booklet, Is someone you know being abused in a relationship? (updated 2013) available in several languages.

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Creating Safety and Justice for Women and Girls: Transforming Communities.

Rath, C. (1999)

This publication describes the Novato Community Demonstration Project focusing on changing social belief systems, mobilising Community Action Teams (CAT) to run activism campaigns, an organiser's role, projects implementation and evaluation process.

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Thoughts that might be preventing you from helping someone who is being abused

Break the Silence

This USA leaflet sets outs common reasons that prevent people from helping someone they know who is experiencing abuse and offers suggestions for helping.

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