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Tips for Supporting Survivors


  • Maintain a calm manner
  • Listen without interrupting
  • Let them know it is not their fault
  • Educate on options & resources
  • Allow them to make their own choices
  • Allow expression of feelings
  • Set judgments aside

Not Helpful:

  • Do not blame or question their actions!
  • Do not ask what or why questions
  • Why did you drink so much?”
  • Why did you go to their room?”
  • Do not ask for details or too many probing questions
  • Do not tell them what to do
  • Do not minimize their feelings
  • “It is ok now”
  • “I know just how you feel”