The healing process is best described as a spiral. Survivors go through the stages once, sometimes many times; sometimes in one order, sometimes in another. Each time they hit a stage again, they move up the spiral: they can integrate new information and a broader range of feelings, utilize more resources, take better care of themselves, and make deeper changes.
– Laura Hough
ACESDV promotes healing through various modalities and is continually working on tools and resources to provide tips and support to survivors.
Self-care Guide and Activity Booklet during COVID-19 (English)
ACESDV Libro de actividades para autocuidado durante COVID-19 (Spanish)
Let’s Get Grounded. A toolkit for survivors. (English)
Vamos a conectarnos a la tierra. Kit de herramientas para sobrevivientes. (Spanish)
Grounding Worksheet. Building a grounding toolkit can be a great resource when you’re feeling disconnected, anxious, or having negative thoughts. It can be a physical collection of items, or a list of exercises that help you.
KIT de herramientas para conectarse a la tierra. (Spanish)
Vetting your mental health provider. Counseling or therapy allows you to work collaboratively with trained professionals in a confidential space. Many survivors report flashbacks of their assault, feelings of shame, isolation, shock, confusion, and guilt. A mental health provider can help you identify triggers, learn new coping skills, diagnose mental health disorders.
Social Support handout – coming soon