Abuse, Are we there yet?, Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Single Parenting, Weary by Wednesday, Women's Health
If you have ever traveled with kids, you have heard this. Frankly, if I travel more than four or five hour, I say it to myself.
I don’t always care for the travel part of travelling. I want to get to my destination and enjoy it.
This is how healing from abuse is, I spent many years asking, “Am I there yet?” I was making progress, but sometimes it seemed awfully slow.
Now I’m there. Right?
Some days, even this many years away from my abusive relationship, I find baggage still rears its ugly head. Little triggers set off fears, and negative self-talk still rolls around in my head, waiting to waylay me into inappropriate responses, anxiety, or depression.
I’m not there yet. I’m not sure I will ever be completely there, but this doesn’t have to leave me Weary by Wednesday. Healing is a process and like any long trip it takes time to get there.
On this last day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we still aren’t there yet. Today, tomorrow, and next week will reveal new victims. Survivors will still struggle with road blocks and challenges that seem insurmountable.
The memes and reminders may fade after this month ends, but that doesn’t mean we should allow domestic violence victims and survivors to be forgotten.
Are we there yet? No, unfortunately we are not. We need to stay diligent, keep our eyes and ears open to the signs of abuse, to the needs of victims and survivors. We need to step up and speak out so someday we will all be able to say, “We are there!”
Have you discovered a way you can help stop domestic violence? I’d love it if you would share in the comments. Let’s start a list to encourage one another and build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11) in our endeavor to end domestic violence.
Thanks for sharing your Wednesday with me.