There is much more to this blog than is mentioned here (and, you should read the entire posting as it is very well written); however, this is the section that striked me as one of the most reflective as that applies to victims and survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault as well in order to become thrivers, as well as the self-care that even advocates need to do in order to maintain composure and insure that they can continue to show empathy for others. After all, if you aren’t able to take care of yourself, how CAN you be in position to take care of others? One of the most important components to the healing journey is learning to keep your wellness in check to facilitate that progression for healing and setting the traumatic event behind you — in so much as possible to do so.
I imagine, my call to action — besides, the obvious to be a delegate in NYC at the United Nations’ Commission on Status of Women and Children regarding global issues surrounding violence against women and children — may also include some community service to help facilitate some healing for the New Yorkers, as the effects of Hurricane Sandy may not completely disappear by the time I arrive there in March 2013.
One thing that I have learned from being an advocate in the domestic violence arena, healing doesn’t have a specific time-frame; therefore, I’m not anticipating the New Yorkers (even as resilient and strong as they purport to be) will be completely healed emotionally. It’s okay. No one has to feel that they have to be with the trauma be behind them completely in “x” amount of time; emotionally healing always takes longer once the physical pieces are put together to give an appearance that it is a time for the green light and moving forward.
All the more reason, I just MUST get to NYC in March!!
- Shocking Domestic Violence Statistics From Laws.com (prweb.com)
- Respect Rx Offers Teen Advocates a Free Workshop for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (Oct.) (prweb.com)
- Domestic Violence (beliefcounseling.wordpress.com)
- Verizon Foundation Launches New Domestic Violence Awareness Effort Encouraging All Men to Join and Engage in Prevention Efforts (sacbee.com)
- Trauma and Resiliency Resources, Inc. Launches End-of-Year Fundraising Campaign to Support Warrior Camp – a Healing Retreat for Returning Combat Veterans with PTSD (prweb.com)
- Jeneé Osterheldt | Lozada needs time to heal, not hype (kansascity.com)
- janeen mantin: letters to harriet (blkcowrie.wordpress.com)
- Healing trauma through yoga (lalunagreco.com)
- Examination of the reliability and validity of the Triage Assessment Form: Families (udini.proquest.com)
- Super Storm Sandy; the aftermath (drses.wordpress.com)