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In the previous track we discussed the Addictive Love
cycle of an overwhelming need, withdrawal symptoms of depression, and growing
dependency. To survive her Addictive Love while your battered client is deciding
whether to leave or not, she may need some Life Preserves.
3 Life Preservers, Part 1 of 2
Life Preserver #1: Support Groups
As you know, women who have been abused often feel they are going crazy and are ashamed of the abuse. With Evelyn, support groups helped her to get rid of these false ideas. As you are aware for many, without a support group, there is no one to tell her that she's not crazy. During a meeting, Evelyn stated to the group, "I still struggle with feeling responsible for what happened. This support group gives me the reality checks and the courage I need to go on. I'm starting to feel that I am an intelligent person. If I would have had this support group ten years ago, I never would have been able to convince myself that I was the one with the problem."
In an individual session with Evelyn after she had attended several meetings, she stated, "The group is helping me to accept the reality of my physically abusive relationship with Brett. I can't believe how foolish I was; now I can see how horrible Brett's physical and verbal abuse has been to me. For the first time in my life, I have a list of phone numbers of women to call. Stephanie especially has been a godsend to me." When battered women find each other and receive validation from the group, recovery is enhanced.
So Evelyn's testimonials regarding the benefits of a support group aren't telling you anything new. So why include it in this course? Are you currently treating a battered client individually that is trying to leave? What when, and where is your local support group? Would it be appropriate to inform her of the groups existence? Or is the standard operating procedure for your agency?
"Rejecting Negative Messages" Exercises
Four Steps to Reject
their Negative Messages
Obviously in addition to a support group the battered woman may have family and friends as a support for her. The next track will deal with the role family and friends play in addition the role maintaining a balance plays in her decision to stay or to leave.
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