When you provide support for survivors, think of the following:
- What’s the level of isolation the survivor is experiencing? Particularly if isolation was tactic used by an abusive partner.
- What kind of a support network does the client have?
- Do they have family and/or friends who can help in the immediate moment as you work with them to find options? Provide the needed referrals and resources.
Trauma Informed Framework
When working with survivors:
- Focuses on SAFETY and aims to avoid re-victimization
- Asks, “What happened to you?” NOT “What is wrong with you?”
- Appreciates that many behaviors began as understandable attempts to cope
- Strives to maximize choices and control over the healing process for the survivor
- Seeks to be culturally responsive and accessible
- Understands each survivor in the context of life experiences, cultural background, gender identity, and historical trauma
Unique challenges facing LGBTQ survivors