Help for victims
People who are exposed to threatening situations are at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The risk of developing this disorder increases if the person is more frequently and more severely exposed to these threatening situations. Someone who calls upon Wende for shelter, has – on average – experienced seven years of domestic violence. The life of these people – usually women – has often been completely derailed.
It is of the utmost importance to treat the trauma. That is the only way to prevent it from happening again. Only after treatment can someone get on with their lives properly again. In order to facilitate this treatment, Wende collaborates with, for instance, GGZ Delfland in their shelter homes. The treatment of children is provided with the help of De Jutters (Golfbreker) youth mental health service. In most cases, a safe shelter – combined with the right guidance and treatment – is a prerequisite for an effective answer to domestic violence.
If you as a victim want to flee the situation, there are several important things that you should take care of or remember. These include:
- Drawing up a safety plan in preparation of a possible departure
- Which documents and things will you take with you?
- What will you arrange for your children?