Information for Parents

Thank you for visiting our site.  You can play a critical role in the healing process.  There is no “cookie cutter” approach to healing after a traumatic event.  For example, some victims may experience depression while others may experience anxiety.  It is important for you to be non-judgmental and allow your loved one to make decisions about how they want to proceed on their journey to healing. 

Common Reactions to Trauma include:

  • change in sleep habits
  • change in eating habits
  • withdrawal from social situations or need to be with other people
  • denial-avoidance-minimization
  • intrusive thoughts
  • nightmares
  • fear
  • self-blame

CARE understands that the journey to healing for someone you care about will probably impact you.  It is very common for family and friends to feel overwhelmed, angry, powerless, frustrated and sometimes guilty.  CARE to Stop Violence can provide an opportunity for you to talk about your feelings in a safe and supportive environment.  We are available to speak with you via email, phone or in-person.  Please contact us at 301-314-2222, if you would like to speak with an advocate.  Please visit our How to Help a Friend page for more information about ways to help your loved one.