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By On December 11th, 2014

Family Safety Center: A Place of Refuge

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Written by: Lydia D’Ross, Renewal Program Outreach Chaplain and ordained minister

Recently I toured the Family Safety Center’s new building, and met experts who provide unique services for families and victims of domestic violence, neglect or child abuse.  The facility has such warmth with games for children and a family friendly atmosphere that welcomes anyone who is need of help.

There are certain times of the year when domestic violence, neglect and child abuse are most prevalent.  For many the holiday season is a happy time, but for others the stress and potential reminders of trauma can make for a volatile situation.  Some dread family gatherings because of all of the unresolved conflict.

Coping skills through the holidays are important, especially for those in recovery from addiction.  Christmas can be difficult for those who suffer from mental illness. It is a time of loneliness for some who might be neglected by the community during the holiday season.  It is often a time when some are facing emotional or relationship challenges in life.

There are people and places that can offer additional support. Whether it is calling a sponsor, attending support groups, going to church, or soup sites like the Salvation Army-there is always something out there and people do not have be alone.

If you find yourself unable to utilize coping skills that once worked for you, we want you to know that Brookhaven Hospital is here to help.  We have inpatient and outpatient counseling services available.

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