Know the signs of abuse and where to get help

Do you worry that someone you know is vulnerable or suffering? 

Gender based violence can happen to anyone.  In the majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men. 

Know the signs

Although every situation is unique, there are common signs to look out for.  

Domestic violence can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Verbal abuse and threats
  • Controlling behaviour
  • Physical violence resulting in Injuries
  • Intimidating or controlling behaviour resulting in isolation and low self-esteem

What can you do?

  • Listen without judgement.
  • Be clear this is not her fault.  Nothing justifies abusive behaviour.
  • Be patient. Give her time to talk, but don’t push her to give details or take action unless she’s ready. Allow her to make her own decisions.
  • Contact your local helpline or hotline for expert support, find out more below. 
     

Our partner organisations

We’re proud to work with frontline services and organisations around the world to support survivors of gender-based violence and raise awareness of the issue. 

You can find an overview of our network of partner organisations below. If you are experiencing gender-based violence, the organisation based in your country can help you.
 

Argentina

Asociación Civil La Casa del Encuentro

Argentina

Asociación Conciencia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Fondacija lokalne demokratije

Brazil

Instituto de Movimento Social, Educacional e Cidadania Cia dos Sonhos

Bulgaria

Alliance for Protection Against Gender-Based Violence

Chile

Fundación Honra

Colombia

Corporacion Construir Sociedad 2100

Colombia

Fundacion Ella Es/She Is

Croatia

Udruga za zaštitu obitelji Rijeka

Czech Republic

proFem – Center for Domestic and Gender Based Violence

Dominican Republic

Fundacion Rescatando Mariposas

Ecuador

Centro Ecuatoriano Para La Promocion Y Accion De La Mujer

El Salvador

Asociación Organización de Mujeres Salvadoreñas por la Paz, Ormusa

Germany

Frauenhilfe München gGmbH

Greece

Elliniko Diktyo Gynaikon Europis

Guatemala

Asociación Centro de Investigación, Capacitación y Apoyo a la Mujer –CICAM

Guatemala

Fundacion Sobrevovoemtes

Honduras

Movimiento de Mujeres por la Paz Visitación Padilla

Hungary

Magyar Ökumenikus Segélyszervezet

India

Family Planning Association of India

India

Shakti Shalini

India

SWAYAM

Italy

Telefono Rosa

Latvia

Association MARTA Centre

Macedonia

Кризен центар Надеж (Crisis Center HOPE)

Mexico

Red Nacional de Refugios AC

Nicaragua

Asociación de Mujeres AXAYACATL

Panama

Association MARTA Centre

Peru

Movimiento Manuela Ramos

Philippines

Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation Inc

Philippines

Ing Makababaying Aksyon (IMA) Foundation, Inc.

Philippines

Luna Legal Resource Center for Women and Children Inc.

Philippines

Women's Care Center, Inc.

Poland

Fundacja Feminoteka

Portugal

Associação Portuguesa de Apoio à Vítima

Romania

Asociația ANAIS

Russia

Regional Public Organization for Assisting Women and Children in Crisis Situations Informational and Methodological Center "Anna" (ROO “Anna”)

Serbia

Viktimološko društvo Srbije

Slovakia

Aliancia žien – Cesta späť (Alliance of Women – Way Back)

South Africa

1000 Women Trust

South Africa

Ilitha Labantu

South Africa

Lawyers Against Abuse (LvA)

South Africa

People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA)

South Africa

Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children

South Africa

Tears Foundation

South Africa

Yokhuselo Haven

Spain

Asociación Mujeres Unidas Contra el Maltrato

Turkey

Kamer Kadın Merkezi Vakfı

Turkey

Türkiye Kadın Dernekleri Federasyonu

UK

Women's Aid

UK

Fundación Plenario de Mujeres del Uruguay

Uruguay

Fundación Plenario de Mujeres del Uruguay