Without a doubt, we are all facing unique challenges during this COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that this season can be especially difficult for victims of abuse, particularly those who are still living with their abuser. If this is you, The M3ND Project wants to be a light for you by providing hope and some simple steps you can take to help freshen your perspective and lift your spirits. For those of you who are first responders in a victim’s life, we ask you to make a special effort to remember those who have been abused and to offer your support at this time.
Because of the COVID-19 quarantine, abuse survivors are facing unprecedented challenges as their health and wellness are now subject to weeks of quarantine at home and social distancing. For some, this might mean they are unable to work and risk losing the outlet and income work provides. Still, others are living in confined quarters with their abuser (who also is home far more often than before), unable to get the respite that work, errands, or the daily pace of life had previously provided. The added strain any or all of these conditions place upon victims threatens to further compromise what might be an already-weakened immune system due to extreme stress the past or present abuse caused on their mind and body.
We realize there is fear and anxiety for every victim in the known and unknown that has come to define this time. For victims, you might feel exceedingly lonely, overwhelmed or scared. Although many of us may feel this way, these feelings can go much deeper for someone who is in a traumatized state. Abuse survivors might find themselves stuck in uncertain or unsafe situations without a support system leading to further pain, trauma, and isolation. Even though we are told staying at home is the best thing for the world, this can feel like the worst thing a victim can do. If this is you, we want you to know that our hearts are with you, and we want to encourage you to find ways to maintain your personal emotional, mental and physical health.
Below are a few ideas and action steps you can take to care for yourself during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond. Consider prioritizing self-care through the following ways:
We know self-care at this time will look different for everyone. We encourage you to use this time to build yourself up emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. We are here to help you. If you are looking for further support during this difficult time email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a direct message via Facebook or Instagram.
Take good care of yourselves! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Mend Project team.