Living through a traumatic experience or being stuck in an environment where trauma is a part of everyday life can be incredibly isolating. How do you pretend like everything is normal when it’s not? Even the simplest interaction or conversation can seem impossible when your situation overwhelms your heart.
Finding someone to talk to who empathizes with you and can understand your circumstances can be a powerful resource for healing and stability in your life.
Here at Bridges Domestic Violence Center, we know the needs of domestic violence and abuse victims, and we have established resources to help you in every area. One of our resources is our Support Groups.
How Can A Domestic Violence Support Group Benefit Me?
The domestic violence support groups at Bridges Domestic Violence Center of Nashville provide a safe and caring environment for victims and survivors of abusive relationships. These groups provide an encouraging space for healing and personal growth so no one has to face their trauma alone.
In a support group of this kind:
- Participants often participate anonymously, which is very helpful when a victim lives in fear of exposure and retaliation.
- Many support groups will assist you with filing police reports or finding a counselor who can help you through this difficult time.
- Ongoing communication helps you make sense of what you’re experiencing and provides support, validation, and resources from people who have experienced the same things.
If you are experiencing domestic violence and abuse, here are some places you can find help:
- The advocates at National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year. They provide such vital services as confidential crisis intervention, safety planning, information, and referrals to agencies in all 50 states.
- The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (1-800-537-2238) is a domestic violence hotline offering basic services and advice to people facing domestic violence or if they know someone who may be.
- The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women (www.ncdbw.org) addresses the needs of people living with domestic violence who have been charged with a crime related to the abuse they have experienced. The phone number for the NCDBW is 800-903-0111 (ext. 3).
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