In the news recently there have been several instances of domestic violence, abuse, and stalkers preying on women. Actresses in relationships, performers and crazed fans, students and their peers; it is difficult to watch the news sometimes because of all of the traumatic events happening to women. It can be unsettling and difficult to know how to react when alleged crimes and cases of abuse are brought to the public eye. It is important to know that if you have experienced or are experiencing abuse or trauma, you are not alone, and you are not without options. Additionally, the trauma that victims experience is not the only trauma involved. Whenever individuals or the news shares these stories is could be a trigger for anyone that has experienced trauma. It is easy to get caught up in the logistics of crimes and how they are handled, but it is important to remember that the trauma drastically impact the victims, and has last effects on the families, friends and co workers of the victims as well.
Abuse and trauma are physically damaging, but they are also mentally and emotionally damaging. When seeking help, it is difficult, because victims may be experience isolation, paranoia, self-doubt, or have disillusions about reality from lies that were told during abuse. Seeking help after a traumatic event is every bit as emotionally important as it is physically essential. Help after trauma also includes seeking help with and for all others involved, and being mindful of triggers and the increased need for safety and stability for the foreseeable future.
Communicating deeply intimate and personal trauma affects the victim in an irreversible way, and is also difficult for others to hear. Knowing someone that has experienced trauma is also traumatic. Support those in your life that have been through trauma, and be aware of the signs of abuse and trauma. There are many organizations and preventative steps as well as resources for support after and during abuse. Brookhaven Retreat ® ,LLC has specific programs for those suffering from the effects of trauma and PTSD, and has individualized approaches to include family on the healing journey. Recovering from trauma takes time, but patience and support make the healing journey much more achievable.