By Eleanor Beeslaar
Domestic violence often has far-reaching effects and can impact survivors long after the abuse has ended. Years of physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, and/or financial abuse can break-down survivors’ self-esteem, lower self-efficacy, result in physical injuries, and lead to mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Survivors and victims of domestic violence showcase tremendous strength, resiliency, and courage while living through the abuse, as well as during the recovery process after the relationship ends. Healing from the trauma of domestic violence looks different for each survivor and takes time, patience, and self-compassion.
If you are a survivor of domestic violence, know that you are strong, capable, and resilient. Though the road ahead may not always be smooth, there is hope and recovery is possible! You have already shown so much courage, bravery, and strength, and these inner qualities are with you as you work toward healing and begin to rebuild your life.
In honor of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we will be sharing information to help survivors of domestic violence as they heal and recover from past abuse. This information is also important for friends and family members of survivors, as well as the general public, to understand. We hope that, by sharing tips to aid in healing and recovery, we can promote greater understanding of the effects of DV and build a culture of compassion and support among survivors, supporters, and the community.