Have you ever wondered if you’re truly equipped to recognize the subtle signs of domestic abuse?
In Episode 184 of the Brilliantly Resilient Podcast, we had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Jennifer Gardella, an expert in the field of domestic violence awareness. Dr. Gardella shared invaluable insights into recognizing the subtle signs of domestic abuse, emphasizing the importance of not only looking for signs but also listening for the whispers of abuse.
In her newly released book, “Domestic Violence Awareness: Listen For The Whispers of Abuse,” Dr. Gardella delves deep into this critical topic, offering a wealth of knowledge on how to identify and respond to domestic violence. As you read on, consider this: Have you ever wondered how to create a safe space for someone facing abuse to open up? Or what steps you can take if you suspect someone you care about is facing domestic abuse?
Here are three actionable steps you can take if you suspect someone you care about is facing domestic abuse:
1. Tune in to Subtle Changes: Domestic violence often begins subtly, with small signs that may be easily overlooked. Listen for changes in your loved one’s behavior, such as increased anxiety, isolation, or unexplained injuries. These whispers of abuse can be subtle cries for help.
2. Foster Open Communication: Create a safe and non-judgmental space where your loved one feels comfortable talking about their experiences. Ask open-ended questions and listen actively. Avoid giving ultimatums and instead offer unwavering support and understanding.
3. Connect to Resources: Domestic violence situations can be complex, and professional help is often necessary. Connect your loved one to local domestic violence shelters, crisis hotlines, and counseling services. Provide them with information and resources they can access when they are ready.
Dr. Jennifer Gardella’s book is a powerful resource that sheds light on the whispers of abuse and empowers individuals to take action. By listening for these subtle signs and taking the steps outlined above, you can provide crucial support to someone in need and help them find their path to safety and healing.
To gain more in-depth insights from Dr. Gardella and explore her newly released book, “Domestic Violence Awareness: Listen For The Whispers of Abuse,” don’t miss Episode 184 of the Brilliantly Resilient Podcast.
Listen to the full episode and learn more about Dr. Gardella’s book: