Updated: Oct 13
The reality of domestic violence is that it's real and present within our families, friend groups, and communities. It can be difficult to process and understand what is happening or why it has happened. Nonetheless, It takes time to heal wounds and to understand that it's NOT your fault.
Domestic Violence Does Not Discriminate.
Regardless of your age, gender, height, weight, ethnicity, or tribe, domestic violence does not play favorites. It can be emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and other forms of abuse that you don't initially think of. Nevertheless, abuse is abuse, and it's not acceptable.
Despite difficult barriers to overcome, remind yourself of your end goal. Your goal takes time to formulate and the preparation for your departure is critical considering what you have projected about the execution of your plan. With the right support and safety plans put into place, you too can persevere towards a healthier way of living.
Continue to move forward, regarding if you feel you have failed yourself. Perseverance does not allow you to fail. A breakdown in your plan is not a definite answer to your problem. It is a path that has been damaged, but repairing that path is a stepping stone, it is a path to healing.
Be kind and gentle to yourself. It takes time to build courage and strength to trust yourself and to believe in yourself. You are NOT in this alone. Together as a community, we can build a place of healing that promotes “good health, wellbeing and harmony.”
Remember the stepping stones: Determination. Perseverance. Healing.
Learn the warning signs of Domestic Violence by visiting www.ihcrc.org/dvp