They are often the first people to detect when something is wrong.
For that reason, the Center for Family Violence Prevention in Greenville wants to educate family and friends on how to best handle if their loved ones are in a domestic violence situation.
“We feel like there’s a need in the community for the family and friends of domestic violence victims to really understand what their loved ones are dealing with,” said Laura King, the center’s executive director. “Family and friendship support is so important to a victim, and really strengthens and empowers them in their attempt to get away and start a new life.”
On Tuesday, there will be an educational event at Alice Keene Park in Greenville.
It will be from 6:30 P.M. to 8 P.M.
Counselors from the center will give presentations and answer questions from those who attend.
“So many victims don’t come forward because they don’t think anyone would believe them,” said King. “In some cases that’s true. So, we feel like if we educate the family and friends to the special dynamic that is domestic violence, and give them some tools to use.”
Two of the myths that organizers hope to dispel are victim blaming and that all victims are female.
The center also sees male survivors as well as same-sex couples and children.