“Healing and moving forward to live a happier, healthier life is a big reason why I do this work," said Harlow. "I really believe that that recovery is possible, and I've seen that recovery. It is possible, but it doesn't happen overnight, just like trauma is not usually caused overnight.”
About one in three women and one in four men will experience physical violence by an intimate partner, but those numbers can be higher for emotional abuse because not all domestic violence includes physical abuse.
Emotional support is key, whether that be individual or group therapy, as well as what seems like basic self-care tips (i.e., exercise, hobbies, and getting enough sleep) as well as incorporating coping strategies (mindful breathing and grounding techniques) into your life.
The county’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Services offers various services, counseling, advocacy, education prevention, outreach and community engagement and coordination services. There is also a 24-hour hotline (703-360-7273) and the Domestic Violence Action Center (703-246-4573), created to provide culturally responsive information and support services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and human sex trafficking, and their families. If you are in danger, call 9-1-1.
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