What It Is
The Abuse Hurts: Recognize. Respond. Refer campaign was designed and developed specifically to raise U-M community awareness of the signs and effects of domestic violence and to promote prevention through education and training.
The program’s main objectives are to:
- Promote awareness about domestic violence and sexual abuse for both men and women
- Provide support to any U-M student, faculty or staff member in need
- Train university managers, supervisors and employees on the effects domestic violence can have in the work place and ways to recognize signs and offer guidance to possible victims
- Ultimately create a safer work environment
Why You Should Know
The Abuse Hurts: Recognize. Respond. Refer website provides information for both victims of abuse and for those who would like to help a friend, coworker, employee, or anyone else they think is in need. Abuse Hurts has local contact information for helpful resources for the eight counties surrounding all three of our campuses, as well as regional and national contact information to further assist victims.
The interactive website also has quizzes to test your knowledge about different forms of abuse, educational charts and diagrams and informative safety plan tips. Conveniently located at the top right corner of each page of the site is an “escape” button that quickly leads to a page nonrelated to abuse, for those who need to browse the site in secret.
The Abuse Hurts campaign has collaborated with several units on each campus to get the word out about living abuse free. Teaming with U-M Building Services, the campaign’s discreet, pocket-sized brochures have been placed by custodians in most men’s and women’s bathroom stalls on campuses. Written in eight languages, the brochure provides information on ways to assist an abuse victim and resources similar to those found on the program’s website.
Number to Know
- SafeHouse Center: 734-995-5444
- U-M Sexual Assault and Prevention Awareness Center: 734-998-9368 or 734-936-333 (24-hour crisis line)
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)