Freedom Haven

Where you are enough

Inspiring domestic violence survivors to turn fear into safety,
helplessness into strength and belief that they are enough

Grounding Skills:

When you are overwhelmed with emotional pain, you need a way to detach so that you can gain control over your feelings and stay safe. As long as you are grounding, you cannot possibly use substances or hurt yourself. Grounding ‘anchors’ you to the present and to reality.

The following grounding exercises are about using our senses (see, hear, smell, taste, touch) to build our mind and body connection in the present. In working through the grounding exercises suggested here, you might find one or two that work for you – remembering only to use the exercises that you feel comfortable with.

Nationally 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime

Domestic violence is one of the primary causes of homeless for women and their children in the United States. According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, between 22 and 57% of women and children are homeless at some point in their lives due to domestic violence.

While over 5,500 victims are served by local DV programs on a given day in California, over 1,000 service requests go unmet due to reduced funding for these programs.

Source: National Network to End Domestic Violence 

Victims who leave their abusive partner multiple times due to domestic violence often experience multiple events of homelessness.