Domestic abuse and family violence is one of the most misunderstood issues in the world. The research outcomes from a United Nation's survey indicated domestic abuse is a world-wide epidemic. However, society's interest in domestic abuse is re-telling of stories and unsolicited advice. Victims of abuse have to deal with anxiety, depression, Post traumatic stress, psychological trauma and microaggressions in daily social interaction. No one believes victims can heal or put the past behind them.
Survivors are not victims nor is surviving from violence and domestic abuse a mental illness. Although survivors are shamed, isolated and burdened with society's confusions about mental illness. Survivors understand there is a life beyond violence. The survivor needs are a good job, their own space, and interacting with understanding friends as part of their healing process. The therapist works with survivors are particularly compassionate and caring. Their function is to collaborate with the survivor to map out a new life without abuse, psychological trauma, and demeaning work.
How a therapist can help:
- Psychotherapy, specifically group psychotherapy is cost-effective and can prepare survivors to cope with difficult situations in more adaptive ways.
- Therapy is carefully structured so that survivors understand and process the effects of the traumatic effects.
- Group therapy is a means of sharing what works and what does not and learning effective coping skills to manage different situations.
- Most important, evidence based therapy helps survivors understand feelings and emotions that often scare or anger other people.
- The therapist listens because she/he cares about more than stories, your safety, and the drama that surrounds victims and survivors.
- The therapist wants to facilitate independence, recovery, and healing.