People hurt in different ways, but one of the most difficult is the damage to self-worth caused by abuse. October is domestic abuse awareness month. If you have experienced this, you know how the sense of your own value hits the basement. If you know someone in that situation, it can be hard to be there for them. What can you say? Is there anything you can do to help?
The go-to site for resources is Catholics for Family Peace. They commissioned me to do a 4-part video series on how to walk with people who have experienced abuse — by sharing with them three “everyday virtues.”
You don’t need to be a therapist to use these gentle but powerful tools to help a friend reclaim the dignity they were born with. Each video is 5 minutes long and will give you tools to help your friend instead of just standing by feeling helpless! In fact, this series will help you accompany anyone who’s hurting.
Here’s the second video (the first was an introduction — this one gets into the “how-to’s”). I’ll send links to the other two videos as they are released.