© 2014 Stearns County Domestic Violence Partnership
If you are hesitant to help someone you suspect is being abused, think about what
could happened if you don’t say anything. Your friend, co-
If you notice any indications of abuse, find an opportunity to talk to your friend in private. Understand this topic is sensitive and emotionally charged for your friend. Let him or her know that you are concerned and care about them as a person. Tell them factually what you have been noticing, but be careful not to make accusations.
Reassure your friend that your conversation will be kept private, and tell him or her that you are available anytime they are ready to talk.
Victims of abuse may be ashamed, confused, depressed, and reluctant to say anything about their abuser. After you have spoken with them, you may need to bring up your concerns to a work supervisor or law enforcement agent.
Here is a more detailed list of professions were employees are mandated reporters.
If you suspect abuse of any kind– speak up!
Speaking up is especially important for mandated reporters. If you work in health care, social services, child care, education, law enforcement or correctional services, you are most likely obligated to report suspected abuse to your supervisors or law enforcement. Visit the MN Department of Human Services page for more information about what constitutes abuse and how to report it.
Medical personnel and professionals
School support staff
Group home staff
Mental health professionals
Teachers and assistants
Childcare center staff
Probation and correctional services
Home childcare providers