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 whose 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 victim 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.
Donations. Please support us so that we can continue to support child abuse survivors across the globe. Your donations help us to maintain our website and continue to promote HAVOCA, making it more accessible to a wider audience.[/ezcol_1half_end]
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Reasons to Stay Alive
By Matt Haig
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEEL TRULY ALIVE? Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth. “I wrote this book because the oldest clichés remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven’t been able to see it …Words, just sometimes, really can set you free.”
“Maybe the most important book I’ve read this year” (SIMON MAYO)
“A life-saving book” (AMANDA CRAIG)
“Warm and engaging, and shot through with humour . . . a valuable contribution to the conversation” (SUNDAY TIMES)
“Brings a difficult and sensitive subject out of the darkness and into the light” (MICHAEL PALIN)
“Full of wisdoms and warmth” (NATHAN FILER)
“A tender, candid, inspiring book about depression” (SUNDAY EXPRESS)
“Matt Haig is astounding” (STEPHEN FRY)
Healing from Hidden Abuse: A Journey Through the Stages of Recovery from Psychological Abuse
by Shannon Thomas
Within every community, toxic people can be found hiding in families, couples, companies, and places of worship. The cryptic nature of psychological abuse involves repetitious mind games played by one individual or a group of people. Psychological abuse leaves no bruises. There are no broken bones. There are no holes in the walls. The bruises, brokenness, and holes are held tightly within the target of the abuse. Healing from Hidden Abuse walks the reader through each of the six recovery stages researched and developed by the author. The stages are: Despair, Education, Awakening, Boundaries, Restoration and Maintenance. A guided Personal Reflections journal is included in the back of the book to help the reader go deeper in their application of the six stages of recovery. The journal can be used individually or in a small group setting.
An incredibly insightful book – I was enthralled! This could have only been written by someone – in the know – someone who truly understands this damaged mind set, the subtle nuances and clever traps these creatures are able to (so easily)set for their prey. The confusion, spin, despair and doubt they’re able to instil………. This book offers an excellent explanation as to why otherwise happy, successful and confident people can get sucked up into a bewildering, isolating and lonely world. Most definitely worth the read – we’ll done.
I liked the easy and logical process described in this book based on research and clinical experience. It is a self help book that demystifies the characteristics surrounding abusive relationships either individual or group and how recovery is possible
Review: 4.5 out of 5
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 10000 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…..