Presenting a Three-Part Series on Understanding Domestic Violence
How Can We Help?
As we begin to understand the jaw-dropping statistics concerning domestic violence (Part 2), we learn that the prevalence of family violence in our society means that eventually someone we know, in our social circle, or someone we love, will be affected.
We need to understand what makes it difficult for the abused to leave; it is an individual choice, uniquely their own. Often, there are many factors and obstacles to leaving, such as intimidation, children, lack of resources, low self-esteem and even religion.
To the untrained eye, one might not know what questions to ask, and sometimes tend to blame the victim.
As a massage therapist, we are in a unique position to help. We can show our support by familiarizing ourselves with the victim assistance facilities as well as theprograms in our particular areas, for referral. We can help empower these victims. Women respond when told THEY CAN DO IT!
Share the coping tools you are familiar with. Most of all, use your healing touch; it provides such as important link on the journey to heart and soul healing. We can make a tremendous lasting difference in each others lives.