Healing After Domestic Violence


YOU ARE NOT ALONE--Online Panel Discussion

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Eastern Time

Zoom Webinar

$5 Donation Requested

Includes replay sent to attendees within 48 hrs.

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” — Carl Jung

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic violence goes beyond physical abuse. Isolation, intimidation, insults, gaslighting, humiliation, stalking, and threats, as well as the minimizing or deflection of these behaviors, are also hallmarks of this type of violence. On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide. Unfortunately, several of us on the panel have witnessed and survived domestic violence abuse.

Our webinar also will be held on Indigenous People's Day. Native American survivors are twice as likely to experience rape or sexual assault, two and a half times more likely to experience violent crimes, and five times more likely to be victims of homicide in their lifetimes compared to all other races in the country.

Our panelist, Anna Smith (Lakota Sioux, enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe), will be speaking on how generational and cultural factors contribute to Domestic violence, as well as talk about the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society and Missing or Murdered Indigenous Women.

Join YANA panelists as we ask one another our questions and about how our own journey of healing from domestic violence. Panel members will share personal stories of survival and holistic techniques to support you in the sacred process of reclaiming yourself in healing. You deserve to be respected and heard!

We will be donating proceeds to the White Buffalo Calf Women's Society, which is a 501c3 Native Non-Profit organization that provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. They offer safe shelter to victims of violent crimes on the Rosebud Reservation.  https://www.wbcws.org

For those in need of help, the National Domestic Violence Hotline operates 24/7 in languages: English, Spanish and 200+ through interpretation service. 1-800-799-7233

It can be a lonely journey, but You Are Not Alone.

The format of this event is a group panel that discusses and has conversations around different aspects of healing from trauma. We have anywhere between 4-9 people on the panel and are always open to anyone wanting to join the panel. 

We set this event up as a Zoom webinar, not a meeting, to maintain anonymity of our attendees, so audience members will not be seen.  There is a chat room, and you can ask questions and be invited to unmute yourself if you desire.  Your name will be displayed in the chat, so please feel free to change your name to protect your identity in any way that you see fit.

*** If you feel you are in crisis, please contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, which offers free, 24/7 call, text and chat access to trained crisis counselors. Text or call 988 to be connected to a crisis center nearest to you. If you are in an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. OMA Center for Mind, Body, and Spirit does not offer crisis counseling or emergency services.***

It is critical that our efforts strengthen, so we can begin to heal these invisible wounds.  They are crucial in promoting the healthy development of children and adults and healthy behaviors in families, schools and communities, thereby reducing the likelihood of trauma.

$5 Donation Requested. Your gift will be used to help us attain our goal of establishing a community and retreat center for the local community. Your generosity of any amount is greatly appreciated.

This panel conversation is part of OMA's Trauma Program. YOU ARE NOT ALONE is an OMA Webinar Series featuring a panel conversation on trauma and recovery—We are all connected on this journey of healing, of both self and humanity, from our own individual traumas as well as our collective traumas.

Panelists: Marilyn Carpenter, Deb Carter, Angela Failor, Callie Gropp, Gail Hunter, Mai Nguyen, Leza Vivio. See past panelists.

Moderator: Callie Gropp

Let’s all drop the pretense that we are either normal, or abnormal…
We are all in the same support group: ordinary people who must deal with the struggles that come with being human. 
We all carry this heavy weight—a trauma, whether from childhood abuse, childhood adverse experiences (ACE's),domestic violence, gaslighting, bullying, emotional/ verbal abuse and manipulation, medical trauma, and injury.   We all at the same time struggle to meet our basic human needs for connection, community, acceptance, and validation among ones who share our culture and language, or not, for authenticity–the capacity to feel what we feel and to be in touch with our bodies and to express what we feel when we need to.

Fundamentally, that is the ultimate trauma, the disconnection from ourselves…

In this webinar series we believe that in the presence of compassion, healing is possible. Only with compassion can we bear our pain. In the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying the author says, whatever you do don’t shut off your pain. Accept your pain and remain vulnerable. –Mai Nguyen, Panelist


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