Trauma can be a defining experience in a person’s life, and not just a single event that one “gets over”. Trauma to an individual impacts families and whole communities.
Trauma is often passed down through generations, through culture or upbringing. Many (but not all) abusers were victims in their childhood and witnessed that it was ok to treat those you loved with violence and abuse.
Many victims of intimate partner violence
Trauma survivors often experience symptoms such as (this is not an exhaustive list and is only meant to give some context):
- Alterations in perceptions of self and others
- Somatization (physical symptoms such as chronic pain in the digestive system and/or sexual organs)
- Loss of meaning or self-control
- Feelings of despair and helplessness
Successful programs help individuals recognize that trauma is a part of life experience, and build upon each client’s strengths to create a sense of empowerment.
It is essential to promote healing for victims, provide options and support the choice of the individual. First and foremost, we must work not to re-traumatize the victim.
BPA focuses on building resilience and courage and empowering victims to become survivors. We do this by creating an environment conducive to healing, and being a partner and resource to help our clients achieve their own goals toward safety.