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An important aspect in recovering from domestic violence is to acknowledge that change doesn’t happen overnight, but takes time. In the experience of many people, recovering from domestic violence involves a number of stages, and specialist support reflects this whether it’s the 12-step Freedom Programme and Recovery Toolkit, or DV8, 8 steps to healing from domestic violence.

Ultimately, choosing the best way forward comes down to you as an individual and what can help you cope and recover from abuse.

A common factor amongst all these recovery step programmes is that they support victims to understand that such abuse is never their fault, they didn’t deserve it and that nobody has the right to hurt them in that way. Psychological welfare is key even after escaping a relationship that is violent or otherwise abusive; it isn’t only about the physical scars but the mental ones too.

Reconnecting socially is vital. Isolation and domestic violence often go hand in hand. Re-engaging with the friends and family you may have lost contact with can help you rebuild your life and move forward. Aim to see yourself as a survivor rather than  a victim, since aside from what you have endured, you are just like everyone else.. Gaining faith that  the rest of the world isn’t the same as the person who hurt you will give you the strength to go out into the world a new person and  not allow others to label you a victim any longer.

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