Would you call 911 if you saw a drunk driver strike a pedestrian? What about if you saw or heard intimate partner abuse? Many times people tell themselves, “It isn’t my business,” or “I don’t want to get involved.” Maybe it’s because intimate partner abuse is considered by many to be a private, family matter.

Here at GreenHouse17, we believe intimate partner violence is a community issue. This means we must all get involved. It isn’t necessary to physically intervene. In fact, this could be dangerous. The best thing we can do as a community is to learn the signs of intimate partner violence and dial 911 when we see or hear it happening.

It’s simple: don’t put yourself in danger by physically stepping into the situation but make the effort to call the police. You might save a life.

This post is part of our 17 Days/17 Ways campaign during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.