HAVOCA – Help for Adult Victims Of Child Abuse
HAVOCA is run by survivors for adult survivors of child abuse. We provide support, friendship and advice for any adult who’s life has been affected by childhood abuse.
If this is the first time you have visited this site please feel free to browse around and explore our hundreds of useful pages about the road to recovery. HAVOCA’s ethos believes that every single child abuse survivor has the ability to survive and lead a more fulfilling life.
Every Survivor has the right to become a Thriver.
HAVOCA was established in 2001 to provide support and direction to any adult who has experienced child abuse. This experience may be first hand, or as a loved one of a survivor, or as a support worker for the victims of child abuse.
The HAVOCA resource provides a wealth of information online and at the same time allows people to connect through The HAVOCA Survivor Forums. In doing so HAVOCA provides direction and friendship to survivors worldwide.
Together, as a survivors’ community, HAVOCA provides the medium to break the silence and help individuals recover from their trauma.
Find-a-therapist. HAVOCA recommends that child abuse survivors receive professional help.
Support Group. Support Groups and Organisations for child abuse survivors in your area.
Survivor Forum. There are over 3000 child abuse survivors on our forums who share and support each other.
About Us. HAVOCA has been supporting child abuse survivors since 2001!
HAVOCA’s Blog. Our Blog is aimed at child abuse survivors and those who offer them support. Each article in the blog has been specially selected, written and editted to provide the maximum amount of guidance, support and advice in the relevant area. We also have a special section for Survivor’s Letters and a Quiet Corner to show case poetry, quotes and a Survivor’s Gallery.
Please support us so that we can continue to support child abuse survivors across the globe
Prison or Medical Help?
People who view child sex abuse online should get medical help – not prison time – a senior police officer says. Norfolk’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey said police must focus on “contact abusers” – people who commit abuse – an estimated 16-50% of those who view it. He said police “simply cannot cope” with the numbers viewing images. Join our debate online in our Survivor Forums.
The legacy of child abuse is a distortion of a child’s trust, their judgement, their relationships, and their love – but it is a cycle which is breakable. By understanding the events which led to the abuse, and the web of guilt created for you by the abuser, you can begin to relinquish the burden of guilt, shame and confusion that you have carried for so long…………………………………….read more.
Strong at the Broken Places: Overcoming the Trauma of Childhood Abuse
By Linda T. Sanford
Strong at the Broken Places This challenges the idea that childhood victims are caught forever in the vicious circle of abuse. In 17 years of working with victims and survivors, the author discovered that most survivors break free from the patterns of victimization. Over 20 people were interviewed in depth for this book.
I have read many books on this subject (like alot of survivors I imagine!) and this is the only book I have found which challenges the widely held belief that survivors are forever damaged. Sanford highlights strengths that survivors have, as well as showing areas to draw strength from. Often when I read books about sexual abuse I find myself despairing about how I will ever be able to move on – this book made me feel that it would be possible. An excellent book.
This is a fantastic book both for survivors and professionals. Packed full of excellent case studies. Full of hope, and a real true sense that you are not alone and you can get through this. The emphasis is really on being a survivor rather than a victim. I understand my past better for reading it, and would whole-heartedly recommend it to everyone who has lived through abuse as a child.
This is an excellent beginners book for survivors of any kind of abuse. Sanford covers a wide range of cases.
Safety This website is linked to material which contains detailed information and possibly graphic accounts of various types of child abuse. These things could be triggers for some child abuse survivors of abuse and neglect. If you can handle this material, or if you are willing to accept the risk of a trigger response, you should proceed.
If this is your first visit to the site we recommend you view it in a safe environment or with a friend. To read about your safety click here
Forums We have a huge online community which boasts over 3000 members. By taking part and joining in, you will start to feel less isolated and you will become part of a huge online support network. Our Forum has several sections and covers all types of abuse;
Child Abuse Survivor Section, Survivors Live Chat, Site Updates and Notices, Survivors Sanctuary, Survivors Library and Resources, Online Courses/Workshops, Click here to join…
Resources HAVOCA has one of the largest collection of online resources for child abuse survivors and their associates. The website is split into main areas listed on tabs at the top of the site; each of these tabs is then split down into further areas according to the topic title. You will find out all about HAVOCA, information for child abuse survivors, how to support a child abuse survivor, what abuse is, how to support our organisation, our HAVOCA Bookshop and much more. Read more about HAVOCA here…..