One of the challenges that we see when it comes to healing from domestic violence crisis and trauma is regaining independence. Often independence is slowly taken away – i.e. “you can’t hang out with that friend anymore;” or “I don’t want you to go to the gym by yourself.”

At first, it doesn’t seem like much has changed or maybe it seems like the partner is showing care or concern, but it often builds to a point where the victim feels like they can’t make any decisions for themselves and they lose the ability to make choices on their own.

Stepping Stones advocates are able to help victims find the right resources and support that will help them heal and address the challenges they are experiencing. Therapeutic and educational support helps the victim to see these areas in their life and address how to rebuild their confidence and self-worth. Just like how they lost their independence, this can take time and doesn’t happen overnight. With consistent support and comittment to address the areas in their lives they have the power to change, domestic violence victims can empower themselves to live independent lives free from abuse.

If you or someone you know needs support because of domestic violence, call our 24/7/365 helpline at 928-445-4673.