My name is Khalisea and I am the CEO of Healing Encouragement. I am a survivor of physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse. Abuse for me started as a young child when I was molested by a family member. As a teenager I was raped at a house party by someone I knew. At 17 I had two children while living in a drug infested environment. I was sold to a drug dealer who beat me for more than 2 years and during that time my youngest child died.
These are just some of the abusive moments from my life and if it had not been for GOD, counseling and a great support system I would not be here today. I know what it's like to be hurt by people who are supposed to protect you. I know the pain of hearing people say just leave and they don't understand how it feels to call out for help and get rejected by people who are afraid to get involved. Healing Encouragement realizes the strength and courage it takes to leave everything and start over and it's even harder with children.
DV shelters and Programs have classes that taught me how to set boundaries, implement self-care, attain school and career goals, identify safe people, and take back control of my life by making decisions for myself. Through Healing Encouragement I can help you to get stronger to and have the life you deserve to live. The goal is to facilitate a safe environment to vent, educate, share testimonies, prepare a plan, report abuse, and provide resources that are around you and nationwide. The mission is to help you to get to a safe place and you realize what you say, think and feel matters. And the option to remain anonymous is up to you. This is about healing and providing survival tools that will help you make moves toward freedom and restoration with No Pressure! The choice to leave has to be YOURS!
This is also a safe place for anyone who wants to report abuse and would be at risk to do it themselves. Healing Encouragement is also about building relationships with survivors of abuse and for those who are in abusive relationships and environments that need support. The hope is to make all aware that Women, Men, Young, and Elderly are all victims of abuse and how as a society we can help. Being molested, beaten, sold, abandoned, starved and broken hearted by the loss of children to the system or death should not be overlooked. It is time for there to be real help for those who want to get out and stay out and have barriers such as fear, no resources, and no support to leave. On this site you are seen, heard, felt and you are not alone.
Healing encouragement will encourage, comfort, and give advice to individuals in need, our Abuse Support Network is designed for Women, Men,, Youth, and the Elderly. Everything we do is founded in our core belief that no one should ever feel they are alone. We all have our own life’s journey, but the path shouldn’t be a lonely one especially if you are fighting to live. Our commitment is to provide a safe space for sharing, listening, learning, and supporting each other.
As a member of our community, you have a number of ways to connect with other people who are having a similar experience. Each option offers the opportunity to make your own contribution, and to receive the support you are seeking. Are you willing to share your Testimony to help someone else? If so you can do it here and you have the option to remain anonymous. Thank you in advance for sharing your story!
C2C Coaching is a re-vamping program designed to coach you on recognizing, enhancing, and utilizing the power within you. We offer directly guided coaching through the use of various techniques that you will proceed to work on in your own time with a personalized workbook designed to guide you further through this very personal journey,
HOW TO STAY OUT!
Staying in an abusive relationship does not mean the victim is weak or stupid. Abuse is about control — physical, emotional, verbal or sexual.
UNDERSTANDING EMOTIONAL ABUSE
The effects of emotional abuse can be painful and destructive, both in the short and long-term. Survivors are often plagued by low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and feelings of helplessness.
Getting out of the abusive situation is the first step toward healing and moving on in your life, but unfortunately, your work doesn't end there. Once you are physically safe and secure, it is a good idea that you seek professional help for any abuse-related difficulties you may develop.
The purpose of having a great support system is so that you don't feel like you're going through life alone. Receiving help can make a large difference in your life, and help can come in ways you wouldn't expect.
Domestic violence is violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner.
Between 960,000 and 3,000,000 incidents of domestic violence are reported each year, while many other incidents go unreported. It is estimated that more than ten million people experience domestic violence in the U.S. each year.
Child abuse is when a parent or caregiver, whether through action or failing to act, causes injury, death, emotional harm or risk of serious harm to a child. There are many forms of child maltreatment, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and emotional abuse.2.9 million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the United States.
Sexual abuse is sexual behavior or a sexual act forced upon a woman, man or child without their consent. Sexual abuse includes abuse of a woman, man or child by a man, woman or child.Nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives, including completed forced penetration, attempted forced penetration, or alcohol/drug facilitated completed penetration.
Elder abuse is the mistreatment or exploitation of senior citizens -- can take many different forms. Instances of elder abuse range from the infliction of physical harm to the use of fraud or coercion to extract financial or material gain from vulnerable seniors.
Approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year. One study estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.
Stalking is the act or crime of willfully and repeatedly following or harassing another person in circumstances that would cause a reasonable person to fear injury or death especially because of express or implied threats. A crime of engaging in a course of conduct directed at a person that serves no legitimate purpose and seriously alarms, annoys, or intimidates that person
Stalking is often considered to be aggravated when the conduct involved also violates a restraining order protecting the victim.
More than 60% reported the person stalking them was a current or former partner. 44% reported the person stalking them was a current or former partner.
Emotional abuse is any abusive behavior that isn't physical, which may include verbal aggression, intimidation, manipulation, and humiliation, which most often unfolds as a pattern of behavior over time that aims to diminish another person's sense of identity, dignity and self worth, and which often results in anxiety. For emotional abuse, prevalence rates were high, averaging around 80%; 40% of women and 32% of men reported expressive aggression, and 41% of women and 43% of men reported coercive control.
SERVICES BY STATE
Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc. (CONNSACS)(link is external) (East Hartford, CT)
Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV)(link is external) (East Hartford, CT)
Delaware Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC) (Wilmington, DE)
District of Columbia
Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence(link is external) (Jefferson City, MO)
Puerto Rico Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (Coordinadora Paz para la Mujer, Inc/Coalición Puertorriqueña contra la Violencia Doméstica y la Agresión Sexual)(link is external) (San Juan, PR)