Emotional Support

support handsEmotional support is the most comforting thing you can offer to someone who has been assaulted. Letting a victim know you’re there for them can help the healing process tremendously. Examples of phrases of emotional support are:

  • I hear what you’re saying.
  • It’s not your fault.
  • Thank you for talking to me
  • You’re doing the right thing.

Other things you can do to support emotionally

  • Let silence happen. Sometimes your loved one needs to reflect!
  • Don’t ask questions that begin with “why”. It could sound accusatory, inadvertently putting your loved one on edge.


If you want to support your loved one, don’t give them dime-store advice. Anybody can do that. Really listen to your loved one.
Cliches include (but are not limited to):

  • You’ve got to get a handle on yourself.
  • You have to be strong for (insert name).
  • Time will heal.
  • You’re not yourself.
  • You’re not over this yet?
  • Someone is always worse off.
  • Count your blessings, it could be worse.
  • This is God’s way/plan/will.
  • I know how you feel.
  • You’ll be fine.