How to Heal from Domestic Violence Trauma: Tips from a Psychotherapist
A recent National Family Health Survey (2019-2021) revealed that nearly 30 percent of married women in India aged between 18 and 49 have experienced domestic or sexual violence. Domestic violence survivors often face physical, emotional, and psychological trauma that can last a long time. However, there are ways to heal from domestic violence trauma. Health Shots consulted psychotherapist and life and business coach Dr Chandni Tugnait to understand how domestic violence survivors can heal.
Challenges Domestic Violence Survivors Face
Survivors of domestic violence face many challenges, including physical harm, emotional and psychological trauma, financial dependence and economic instability, isolation and lack of support.
1. Emotional and Psychological Trauma
Domestic violence survivors often face intense fear, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The constant cycle of abuse, characterized by manipulation, threats, and humiliation, leaves survivors feeling powerless and trapped.
2. Financial Dependence and Economic Instability
Abusers often control the family finances, leaving survivors economically dependent and without resources to escape the abusive situation.
3. Isolation and Lack of Support
Domestic violence often isolates survivors from their support networks, leaving them feeling alone and cut off from family and friends.
Tips to Heal from Domestic Violence Trauma
Recovering from domestic abuse can be a challenging journey. It requires a compassionate and empathetic approach along with practical strategies. Here are some tips to heal from domestic violence trauma:
1. Practice Self-Care
Engaging in self-care activities is essential for survivors to prioritize their well-being and rebuild their lives.
2. Build a Support System
Building a solid support system is vital for survivors as they go on their healing journey.
3. Learn to Forgive
Forgiveness, both for yourself and others, is a powerful tool for healing.
4. Set Boundaries
Establishing healthy boundaries is important to rebuild life after domestic violence.
5. Learn to Trust Again
Survivors of domestic violence often struggle with trust issues due to the betrayal they have experienced.
6. Indulge in Expressive Arts
Engaging in expressive arts like painting, sculpting or writing can provide survivors with a creative outlet for self-expression and emotional release.
7. Spend Time Outdoors
Connecting with nature can be a transformative experience for survivors.
8. Focus on Gratitude
Shifting your mindset towards gratitude can be a great way to find happiness.
These strategies are like a roadmap for healing, growth, and renewed joy. Remember, finding happiness again after domestic violence is a personal and unique process for each survivor.