THE SCARS YOU CAN’T SEE ARE THE HARDEST TO HEAL

Invisible Scars is a support group to help individuals facing domestic abuse. These are individuals who have been through or are going through Emotional/Psychological, Economic, Sexual, Digital and Physical Abuse through their parents, partners, in-laws, relatives and friends. Anyone can be abused. What is important is that the person in the abusive relationship should not keep quiet about the abuse. Domestic abuse is not “ghar ka maamla”. It is a crime, a violation of human rights. If you face or witness domestic abuse, you must report 

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Why Is A Support Group Needed?

What We Do

Supportive Environment

Through this group, we have created a supportive environment and ecosystem, where women can openly discuss their issues, seek help from fellow members, learn how to say no and draw boundaries

Access To Resources

We provide access to available resources for our members who need help or advise. These resources include connections to Psychological Counselors & Psychiatrists, Lawyers, Police and relevant NGOs

Build Awareness

We also attempt to build awareness around the issue of domestic abuse by understanding abuser behavior. At “Invisible Scars” we believe in the healing power of counselling and therapy

Why We Do It

Complex Family Structure

In, India domestic abuse is particularly complicated due to our complex and dynamic family structures. It is usually carried out in the garb of tradition, society, culture, religion or caste. Therefore, solutions must be tweaked to meet this structure

Humiliation And Shame

Individuals who are being abused feel humiliation and shame in discussing such issues with friend and family hence most of the times keep quiet or refuse to revolt. Most individuals accept their situation as their sealed fate

Poor Mental and Physical Health

It has been seen that adults and children from abusive environments may suffer from poor mental and physical health, or overall poor demeanor due to continuous exposure to a toxic environment

Stigma And Ridicule

Major stigma is associated with visiting psychiatrist/psychologist for one’s good mental health or counselling, and even educated individuals hesitate to seek help. This is so because of the fear of ridicule, gossip or being labelled as a mentally unstable person. Even though we are witnesses to such abuse around us, almost on an everyday basis but find ourselves helpless. When women are being abused, we believe that men form an important part of the solutions that help. Their participation to support women helps in trivializing age old patriarchal practices. When men face abuse they are ridiculed about their masculinity and their inability to handle some one weaker then them. This shame forces them to keep quiet. The same patriarchy that harms women by reducing their status, also harms men by not allowing them to express themselves, or reach out for help, if they are in distress