Can a survivor of abuse or neglect heal?

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Many survivors of abuse and neglect lead productive lives free of many of the adverse medical and mental health conditions previously discussed. How quickly, and to what extent a victim of abuse heals is dependent on a number of factors.

  • How quickly was there an intervention?
  • Did the doctors, counselors and clergy who intervened respond competently?
  • Does the survivor have a network of friends and family members who are supportive?

There is a body of research on resilience which finds that simple things such as keeping a child in school, getting them involved in sports, music and other activities that build self-esteem and model non-abusive responses to conflict can be very important. There is also a substantial body of research that maintaining a connection to faith, including a healthy sense of spirituality, can reduce the potential short and long term impact of abuse.

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