Whether you suspect that someone in your building is being abused, or you witnessed someone being abused, you can take steps to help. Individual actions against domestic violence are no less important than institutional ones.
- If at any time you are concerned about someone’s life and health being in imminent danger, immediately call your national emergency services – list of phone numbers.
- If you know or suspect that you have witnessed domestic violence but are not sure how to proceed, seek advice out from your country’s national domestic abuse hotline – list of phone numbers for Europe, rest of the world.
- Ring the bell. If you do not want to confront the abuser directly, use a fictional occasion – ask to borrow an item (a cup of sugar, an iron, whatever it is) or ask a trivial question (e.g. “Is your water running because ours isn’t?”). Practice shows that this leads to a reduction or halt of aggression at that particular moment.