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.
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Historical child abuse: Key investigations
There are a number of ongoing investigations and inquiries – criminal and otherwise – into historical abuse allegations at institutions across the UK. A guide to the key inquiries and their scope can be found on our Survivor Forums.
Supporters of victims need their own space too. Somewhere to find information, find support and deal with questions that often the survivor is unable to answer. If you are supporting a survivor of child abuse then the chances are you are dealing with the effects of abuse. Survivors often have difficulties with trust, sexual intimacy, commitment and much, much more. You will also be directly effected by these problems and issues too…….read more.
Rescuing the “Inner Child”: Therapy for Adults Sexually Abused as Children (Human Horizons Series): Therapy for Adults Sexually Abused as Children (Human Horizons Series)
By Penny Parks
Amid the recent welcome campaign to help child victims of sexual abuse, one group of victims has remained largely untapped: the many thousands of adults who have grown up emotionally crippled by the huge burden of guilt and self-disgust that is the legacy of child abuse, and who are now ongoing victims, unable to form mature sexual relationships, unable to function as adults. Their manifold problems are so acute that few of them can regain their emotional health without professional intervention. Many of these people are now being helped by Parks Inner Child Therapy, and in this important book Penny Parks describes her techniques so that thousands more can be reached and guided to maturity. Her aim is to get through to the hurt child at the adult’s core. By showing her clients how to re-enact their childhood memories, face their experiences and receive the comfort and reassurance that they so badly needed at the time, she helps to desensitise the pain. she encourages them to vent their suppressed anger, guilt and bitterness, to understand what happened to them and gradually to grow and come to terms with themselves and their sexuality. Throughout the book her clients contribute their own experiences, not only of the past, but of the process of the therapy and restoration. Their memories and feelings make painful, often shocking reading but through them other victims and their partners will be able to work out their own necessarily hurtful path to recovery. The effects of sexual abuse have too often been belittled in the past. This book lays bare the full scale of the lasting trauma that is inflicted and provides practical and sympathetic techniques to heal the wounds.
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.
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