Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Some tips from survivors to help victims feel safer

Safety and security are two areas that survivors of sexual or domestic violence rightfully struggle with. It can be hard to gain equilibrium after surviving such a horrible ordeal. Not matter how you look at the situation it can be tough to feel safe again.

There are some things that survivors have shared through the years. We're posting a few of those ideas here. You may also have your own suggestions to add. Feel free to add them in the comments section. Adding your thoughts there is a great way to share with other survivors.

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Self-defense classes.
These are great to help you regain self-confidence. Your local police department to crisis center may be able to steer you toward free classes that are near you.

Personal security
Carrying a whistle or personal security device has been mentioned many times as a way to feel safer. Consult a safe-defense expert for suggestions. Your local police department or district attorney can tell you about legal options.

Positive attitude
Reading books and uplifting television programs (local can help you regain a positive attitude. It can remind you that the world isn't all bad. Good things can and will happen.

Getting a dog has been recommended several times. Not only does this help some survivors of sexual or domestic violence feel more secure but it has a double benefit. A dog is always happy to see you and gives unconditional love.

What are your suggestions? Don't forget to leave them in the comments section below. We would love to read what you have to say.

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1 comment:

Amy said...

Great ideas, thanks for sharing. I've incorporated some of them already - for example, I carry pepper-spray on my keychain. I bought inexpensive contact alarms for my doors and installed them myself, and I joined a gym that offers TaeKwonDo classes. Also, I'm adopting a dog this summer.