When we talk about the injuries of domestic violence, there is one injury that is often overlooked.

It is that a victim’s hopes and dreams are often extinguished by the abuse. Sometimes victims don’t even remember a time when they had hopes and dreams. Yet, victims and survivors of domestic violence need those hopes and dreams to help them through the hardships that come with moving forward.
“Bad things do happen. How I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, or I can choose to rise from the pain, and treasure the most precious gift I have – Life itself,” wrote Walter Anderson
How can one rise from the residual pain of domestic violence and reawaken their dreams? First, understand you are important, worthy, and have the right to be safe and free from abuse. Talk to someone who understands. This could be a close friend, family member, or joining a local support group with others who are working on overcoming abuse. Lastly, be kind to yourself.
It may seem impossible to attain your dreams, but it is possible to find happiness again. So, reawaken your dreams and dare to attain them!
If you or someone you know has experienced intimate partner violence, Crisis Services of North Alabama can help. Please contact us locally at 256.574.5826, on our 24/7 HELPline at 256.716.1000, or at our website www.csna.org. Advocates provide free, confidential support to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Reference: Holmes, David, “Overcoming the Anger from Domestic Violence-Residual Pain.” Mountain Lakes Behavioral Healthcare.

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