Just lately I finally joined some on-line forums for survivors of abuse. These are amazing resources, as many of you probably know already. In these spaces I feel a lot of compassion and companionship. People speak the language of recovery, of Inner Child, of triggers and feelings. I feel like I’ve found my people.
When I first looked at sites, they felt a bit overwhelming, but I found two that seem safe to me. They have moderators who pull out communications that are threatening or weird. That’s important. The people who post are willing to tell difficult things about themselves and ask for help. There is a lot of detailed and heart-full support. People also challenge one another when someone’s behavior seems risky or likely to cause harm to self or others.
isurvive.org is a fairly large site, with many active threads (topics) on the forums. It is moderated and feels both safe and lively to me. Sections for General Discussion, Our Stories, Positive Transitions, Physical/Emotional/Verbal Abuse Survivors, Survivors of Incest and Sexual Abuse, and more. isurvive also has a chat room for real-time conversations.
Survivors and Friends Forum is another place to have conversations with abuse survivors and their friends. This one is relatively small and feels safe. Different sections for Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Partners of Survivors, and Parents of Survivors.forum,