We Are Survivors 

This blog is dedicated to the tens of millions of adult survivors of child abuse and neglect who get up every day and try to work and function in a world that seems to not care about us.

Best Way to Work with Survivors - Part 2 of 2

This blog is a continuation of Blue Knot Foundation's literature review [1] of best approaches to working with adult survivors of child abuse and neglect. Anyone working with survivors are encouraged to read both posts (Best Way to Work with Survivors - Part 1).

Best Way to Work with Survivors - Part 1 of 2

The Blue Knot Foundation, formerly known as ASCA (Adults Surviving Child Abuse) did an extensive literature review on the needs of adult survivors of child abuse and neglect.[1] The following principles are important and should be incorporated into standard practice guidelines for professionals working with adult survivors.

Depressed Mothers

The NIMH has studied the difference between how depressed mothers relate to their children versus healthy mothers. Studies have shown that depressed mothers are more likely to be critical of their children and less likely to talk to them, except under mildly stressful situations, when the depressed mothers tend to overreact. [1] Depressed mothers are more likely to interact with their children because of something within themselves, rather than in response to something the child does or says, and as a result the child has little sense of what to expect.

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Victim Website For Legal Information

The National Center for Victims of Crime sponsors a website that provides valuable information and assistance for crime victims.  It is called VictimLaw and is accessed at www.victimlaw.info. VictimLaw is a unique and groundbreaking resource offering a comprehensive, searchable, online database of more than 16,000 victims’ rights-related legal provisions, including:

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Politicians Ignore Child Abuse Survivors

What is it going to take before top leaders in our government address the issue of child abuse and neglect?  They thankfully continue to fund programs that have been in existence for a very long time such as foster care, adoption, and a whole list of other services, but they do not ever speak about putting an end to child abuse. They also never bring up the enormous amount of violence occurring daily within American homes.

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