Rebuilding a life filled with the stress, fear, and chaos caused by domestic violence and abuse is a courageous and challenging journey. It’s an opportunity to uncover one’s worth and build self-confidence – leading to a chance of discovering potential people never thought possible.

There are three main things that can help someone who is working hard to live free from all forms of victimization reach their potential.

First, setting healthy boundaries allows someone to establish what is and is not ok in their life. This can be difficult if they have never had healthy boundaries before. Sometimes people have no boundaries and other times boundaries can be so strict that people are isolated. Learning to say “no” to toxic relationships, situations, and behaviors empowers them to prioritize their well-being.

Next, creating supportive fellowship allows adults to have connections and support as they work on healing. Often after leaving an abusive relationship, old family or friends may not be supportive or healthy to remain in their life. It’s important to find people who can provide support as they take steps toward healing. Supportive fellowship can include 12-step recovery groups, churches, therapy groups, or even something like a book club.

Finally, when embracing the many different avenues of therapeutic support, adults can begin to see the potential of what their lives could be after abuse. From pursuing education and career goals to learning new skills and gaining independence, it may be the first time in their lives they were able to see beyond the immediate crisis they lived daily.

By stepping out of their comfort zones, survivors can redefine their lives and unlock their potential, empowering them to have lives they may have once thought were out of reach.

If you or someone you know needs support because of domestic violence and other forms of victimization, call our advocates on our 24/7/365 Helpline: 928-445-4673.