help-hope-healSometimes it’s difficult to come up with the right words to say. Especially when the words really matter.

With this in mind, we are pleased to announce that we’re launching Help.Hope.Heal., a website designed for the people crime survivors are most likely to reach out to for help: their family and friends.

One of the times when your words matter the most is when someone you love confides in you that they’ve been victimized by crime. Your friend or family member is reaching out to you for support because his or her world has just changed. Knowing that your loved one was harmed may have changed your world, too.

It can be hard to know what to say and do to support your loved one (and yourself). Help.Hope.Heal. is based on the great wisdom that victim advocates have learned over the years while helping crime survivors find their own paths forward. It provides information about what your loved one may experience in response to the harm and trauma; helpful things to know, do, and say; ideas for self-care; and additional resources.

None of us wants to see someone we love in pain. Being with someone we love through the pain—really being by their side—can help our loved one feel supported and connected, instead of isolated and overwhelmed.

We invite you to check out Help.Hope.Heal. Let’s bring more help, hope and healing to the people we love who have survived crime.