If you are facing disbelief when disclosing abuse, it can be an incredibly challenging and disheartening experience. Remember that you are not alone, and there are steps you can take to seek support and validation:
Reach Out to Trusted Individuals: Seek support from people you trust, such as close friends, family members, or co-workers. Sharing your experience with empathetic and understanding individuals can help you feel heard and supported.
Contact a Supportive Organization: Reach out to WRAP. We can offer guidance, resources, and non-judgmental assistance. We start by believing!
Document Your Experience: Consider keeping a journal or written record of the incidents of abuse and their impact on your well-being. This documentation can serve as evidence if you choose to involve legal authorities later on.
Speak with a Professional: Seek counseling or therapy with a licensed mental health professional who has experience in trauma and abuse. A trained therapist can provide a safe and supportive space to process your experiences and emotions.
Seek Legal Support: If you are pursuing legal action against your abuser, consult with a lawyer experienced in domestic violence or sexual assault cases. They can provide legal advice and represent you during court proceedings. WRAP advocates can provide you with referrals for legal support.
Focus on Self-Care: Prioritize self-care activities that promote healing and emotional well-being. Engage in activities that bring you comfort, relaxation, and joy.
Educate Others: Consider educating those who are dismissive or skeptical about abuse and its impact. Raising awareness about the complexities of abuse can help combat misconceptions. WRAP can provide you with support and information to share with others.
Set Boundaries: If someone continues to dismiss or invalidate your experience, it may be necessary to limit or cut off contact with them temporarily or permanently. Your well-being is essential, and surrounding yourself with supportive individuals is crucial.
Remember that your experiences and emotions are valid, and healing is possible with the right support. WRAP is here to listen, believe, and assist you on your journey towards healing and recovery.