One of the most difficult parts of learning about abuse is facing the reality that it might be impacting your own relationship or the life of someone you love. Education is the first step toward gaining the clarity required to recognize abuse and to empower victims or encourage others to share their stories. Clarity is critical to ending abuse. Because vulnerability breeds vulnerability, we need to open up the conversation around abuse and educate all those who respond to abuse to become better aware of warning signs they might have unintentionally ignored beforehand. As long as abuse remains a stigmatized issue abuse will be allowed to thrive in the shadows. These are some of the principles on which The M3ND Project is founded.
To shed light on this topic, we wanted to share some important resources with you. One of the most critical educational tools for learning about abuse is through the lens of someone else’s journey. Sharing stories helps open eyes and minds to the reality of abuse. Many books, movies, shows, and podcasts share personal stories of abuse and can be beneficial to both victims, those who cause harm and first responders.
Here are some excellent resources to start with, or to share with those who are being harmed by abuse or with responders in your life:
Although this is just a snippet of the many rich resources available, they are great starting points for victims and first responders alike in becoming more aware about Intimate Partner Violence. For many, watching these shows and reading these books may be the first step that’s needed to help them realize that they are in an abusive relationship or know somebody who is. We strongly encourage you to spread the word about these resources, as it is a quick yet effective way to begin one’s immersion into the important abuse conversation.
If using these resources compels you to share your story, we would love for you to do so with us: https://themendproject.com/the-m3nd-project-tmp/ Please also remember that The M3ND Project’s website contains many helpful resources and tools for those of you who are struggling in your relationship and are not sure if you are experiencing abuse, for those who are survivors of abuse, and for those who are responding to someone who they believe may be experiencing abuse. Take a look and let us know what you think. And keep your eyes open for Annette Oltmans’ upcoming book on Covert Emotional Abuse and Double Abuse. We will let you know when it’s ready