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40 Ways to Promote Safety

To recognize our 40th Anniversary in December 2018, we have posted 40 ways everyone can help to promote safety in their community.
7 Ways to Offer a Positive Social Response to Victims of Violence

When someone discloses they are a victim of violence, remember that there are no simple solutions. Your role is to support her, not to rescue her.


  1. Listen to her. Thank her for trusting you with her experience.

  2. Believe her. Reassure her that she does not cause the violence.

  3. Safety is the first priority. Violence can get worse as time goes on. Develop an emergency plan with her—just in case.

  4. Tell her she is not alone. Partner assault and violence happens to many women, at all income and education levels, religious and ethnic groups.

  5. Respect her boundaries; she will share what is comfortable for her.

  6. Ask if there is anything you can do for her.

  7. Allow her to decide which option is best for her. Stand by her, no matter what she decides.

Click here to find out more about a Positive Social Response.

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7 Actions to Promote Safety in Your Community

  1. Repost information from Haven or other organizations on social media. Knowledge is power.

  2. Have Haven’s crisis line number handy in case someone needs help.

  3. Believe that abuse is never the victim’s fault and say it often.

  4. Ask politicians what they are doing to end violence against women and children.

  5. Attend Haven 101 and get informed about the services available (refer to the last section of this newsletter).

  6. Challenge sexist jokes and comments when you hear them.

  7. Learn about consent and teach it to your children.

9 Ways to Create a Safe Space for Empowerment


You can offer:

  1. A safe environment to work through issues, to learn and to grow while being supported

  2. Opportunities to reflect on and to understand the influences that have shaped our actions

  3. New skills like self defence, cooking and non-violent communication

  4. Access to resources for safe housing, healthy food, employment and connections to community

  5. Knowledge to change one’s circumstances by understanding and addressing systemic forms of oppression and violence

  6. Tools to help alleviate oppression, like access to computers, government subsidies, community programs, counselling and training 

You can acknowledge:

  1. Cultural nuance/protocols to the best of your understanding—if you’re not sure, ask

  2. Indigenous peoples by actively recognizing the territories on which we live

  3. People’s preferred pronouns (she/her/hers, they/them/their, he/him/his)

5 Questions to Discuss with Kids (and Adults!) around Consent


Image created by Elizabeth Kleinrock, an anti-bias teacher in Los Angeles.

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