We asked the survivors in our study to describe what it means to them to overcome the stigma of having been abused. Here are some of their responses to that question:
“[Overcoming stigma] would mean that people would respond to my experiences with empathy rather than stereotypes or attempts to shame me. It would mean that my opinions, thoughts, and feelings would be given the same weight as anyone else's rather than being attributed to my status as a survivor.”
“Coming to the point where you realize being loved is not being controlled, but rather being free to be yourself.”
“I think it [overcoming stigma] means making people more aware of the prevalence of DV ... it means giving everyone responsibility for stopping DV occurring in their community.”
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