Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, depression, fear, and hopelessness are a few of the emotions that can linger after traumatic events. Overcoming these symptoms can be a lifelong process of grief and healing.
Many survivors say that recovery is not about forgetting what happened, but about truly living, in spite of what has happened. Recovery is about regaining perspective and the joy that you once had in your life.
If you have an emergency, dial 911
In Connecticut, dial 211, 24 hours a day, to speak with a caseworker who can help direct you to the resources you need. You can also visit their website at:
Mental Health Support
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Connecticut's NAMI chpater:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
or text "HELP" or "START" to 741741
Available 24 hours every day
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
CT Suicide Prevention Resources
Arts Healing Hearts
CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Monson Against Violence Everywhere (MAVE SAVES)
Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence
96 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, CT 06108
(860) 291-9335 (fax)
Rape Aggression Defense Systems (RAD)
Enfield, CT RAD Officer: Jeff Gigliotti
(860) 763-6400 ext. 1433
YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Service
New Britain, CT
Serves a 46-town region
Human Anti-trafficking Response Team (HART)
If you are not safe, call or text 911
If you need assistance, call the National Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888
or text 233733
If you are aware of a child who is being victimized,
call the Careline: 1-800-842-2288
The Village for Families and Children
1680 Albany Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
Department of Children and Familes
To make a child abuse or neglect report, call
The Trevor Project
or text 678678
The Trans Lifeline
The National Crisis Textline
text "HELP" or "START" to 741741
It’s a good idea for victims of abuse to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. It will help if you can put together a “go bag.” Your go bag could include:
Keep your go bag somewhere you could easily access it if you had to leave in a hurry. Some ideas might be: in the trunk of your car, near your front door, or at a trusted friend’s house. Try to keep your phone charged and your car full of gas, just in case.
We have been victimized. But we can choose to no longer remain victims. Whatever our personal trauma, the journey toward wholeness, toward mending our fragmented selves, is possible. I believe each one of us possesses the power to heal our inner child. The courage lies deep within.
My journey has allowed me to discover inner resources and strengths that I didn’t know existed. Yes, it has been a painful process at times, but I have come through the other side of that pain and today, I enjoy life. Today, life is not something for me to endure, but to embrace. Life, for me, is no longer filled with obstacles to overcome, but with opportunities and challenges that bring me closer to realizing my full potential as a spiritual being having a human experience.
Even though I still get brought to dark places, and even though I am still challenged with personal issues, I do have hope. I am learning to trust my intuition, to make healthy choices. I am learning to live in and for today, to love and accept myself as I am at this moment. I am learning that my past doesn’t have to dictate my future. I am learning how to thrive, not just survive.
I wish you all the best on your own journey toward self-love and healing.
Many Blessings, Barbara