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Providing Psychological First Aid

“Hello there! I’m here to provide you with a bit of information on providing psychological first aid to a survivor or victim of violence or any violation. I would like to remind you that suggestions on this post should not be taken as medical advice, legal advice, therapy, etc. or as a one-size-fits-all approach.  Keep in mind that every individual’s journey of  experiencing and navigating through stress or trauma is distinctive because you are one of a kind and no person is truly like you!  Experiencing abuse in any form is NOT OKAY, but what you are experiencing as a result of abuse is valid.  Please know that healing is not a formula and is not for anyone else to define for you. You do you, and you follow all that you need to follow, to help yourself. If you need additional resources or just someone to talk to, feel free to reach out to Imaara Foundation."

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What are some reactions you can expect from someone who has experienced a violation or violence?

Gender-based violence can be traumatizing and can evoke different reactions in different people. Although there are several people in the world who have faced gender-based violence and still continue to do so, the reactions and body responses are not uniform – there are a wide range of feelings, reactions, responses and consequences that people can have.

Some may respond with fear, overwhelm, confusion or uncertainty, anxiety, numbness or even detachment.

Some may have mild reactions, some may have severe reactions – and it depends on a variety of factors, such as:

  • The severity and nature of the incident they faced

  • Any past incidents they may have faced

  • Their support system

  • The surrounding cultural environment and social traditions they prescribe to

  • Their age and exposure to education

  • Their health

Why is it difficult for survivors or victims of violence to cope with challenges?

What is psychological first aid?

Who can provide psychological first aid?

What should you remember while providing psychological first aid?

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