There are numerous resources available in the world of trauma, torture, abuse, domestic violence, healing, achieving life goals, and becoming the person you are meant to be. Below are a few resources. In my other blog, www.hopeforus.wordpress.com, I listed many links and sources of information. I am able to provide other specific resources as needed.
As a recipient, during my healing process, of non-invasive neurofeedback, specifically NeuroOptimal Neurofeedback Brain Training, I recommend this site. David Delaney explains non-invasive, non-linear neurofeedback. (Those who receive my free report, “Highlights of My Therapeutic Journey” will read further on this method of healing.)
Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald are two Canadian women who have formed an organization against non-state torture including ritual abuse-torture. They research and speak about non-state torture and international human rights. I highly recommend reading this site whether you are a survivor or not. It is eye-opening to realize what is or is not legally considered torture in various countries including the United States.
The California Protective Parents Association assists in providing information and research regarding the family court systems in the United States in relation to child abuse. They are politically active in attempting to bring attention to these problems and to change them.
“No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us” by Rachel Louise Snyder is one of the best books I have read regarding the subject of domestic violence. As someone who is somewhat knowledgeable about the subject from reading and definitely knowledgeable from past personal experience, “No Visible Bruises” was riveting. Snyder covers a wide range of topics underneath the domestic violence umbrella – victims, perpetrators (and if they can be helped), authorities, statistics, etc. I highly recommend this book to almost anyone – not only the victims.
If you are a victim and/or a survivor of intimate violence, you probably are asked why you do not leave, why you did not leave or why you did not leave the domestic violent situation sooner. This book helps to answer those questions. Here is a link to the New York Times’ review of “No Visible Bruises”:
The book “THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE: BRAIN, MIND, AND BODY IN THE HEALING OF TRAUMA” by Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D. contains the most current information on trauma (caused not only sexual abuse or war) and its aftermath. The author examines many methods of healing as well as the scientific way the body reactions to trauma.
“No Way Out But One” (DVD) This documentary very clearly and poignantly shows what happens in the family court system in our society. It is the story of one woman, Holly Collins, and how she dealt with the courts to protect her children. I cannot recommend this DVD highly enough.
WINGS Foundation (support for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, their loved ones, providers, and communities)
I am an avid reader; therefore, I have read many, many books over the years of healing and moving forward. Many of those materials included meditation and spiritual matters. A few of my favorite books are:
“The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See” – Richard Rohr
“The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom” – Henri J. M. Nouwen
“Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong” – Norman Fischer
“Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality” – Anthony de Mello
“The Happiness Project “ – Gretchen Rubin
Please contact me if you would like further information or resources. Thank you!
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