Work Your 24K Magic for Victims of Domestic Abuse

in Support of Support Women and Children Domestic Violence Survivors To Be BRAVE

by Ellisha


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The Story

Assalamualaikum and Good Day to all of you,

Who am I?

I often struggle to explain what I do to someone I had just met. To this day, the common question I am asked by my extended family or neighbours is “Ohhh..so you volunteer at NGO like for fun is it?… so when are you going to get a real job?” So I hope my story will provide you with the opportunity to open your ears, eyes, heart and mind to these stigmatised communities. 

What do I do?

I am a clinical psychologist and mental health advocate working in a not-for-profit community development organisation called SOLS Health. On some days, I feel like I’m a cashier or coffee maker or fire-fighter (illusionary fires) while practising active listening and mindfulness. On some days, I am educating and lecturing people, while a mountain of e-mails, documents and spreadsheets are waiting to be attended to …all this in hopes of breaking the stigma of mental health and empowering the communities that we work with to make a difference in their own lives - one day at a time. 

Why do I do what I do?

When I was training in one of the psychiatric departments in a teaching hospital in KL, I noticed a commonality amongst the majority of my adult mental health service users. They reported to have more than one “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACEs) such as domestic violence (DV), neglect, household dysfunction. The most common is the history of DV in childhood. These traumatic experiences are risk factors to the onset of many public health issues such as chronic illness, obesity, addictions, mental illness, risky behaviours and occupations. Simply put, these are unconscious attempted solutions to overcome the personal traumatic experiences in childhood that is concealed by social taboo, shame and guilt. 

The most startling revelation for me, contrary to popular belief, is that ACEs can happen to anyone from any socioeconomic level. What they need urgently is mostly provided by public agencies and NGOs whose primary focus is on ensuring basic safety and physical needs – safety, physical health, shelter, education, employment. Time conceals but not necessarily heals. What about their mental health needs?

They are often told “ You’re safe, you should be ok!”. Stigmatisation of mental health services is the main barrier! Ignorance in terms of importance and availability of effective management, prejudice towards those who experience ACEs to be expected to “suck it up” or blamed “it’s your fault” or discrimination by the system due to lack of understanding of care providers on the impact of trauma on a child.

What do I do? 

This is where the “for fun” part of NGO becomes an advantage. What I observed as a gap, we quickly addressed by setting up the BRAVE Programme as a call to action to bring the collective effort of Trauma-Informed Care professionals to work together with organisations and communities focusing on DV survivors. Our mission is to provide access to mental health services to these DV survivors and their service providers to support them in their recovery journey.

How you can make a difference?    

Step 1: To support these DV survivors in their journey to recovery. I am pledging to raise RM24,000 for the BRAVE Programme. I hope you will be able to support my campaign to raise funds for 6 families to have access to the much needed mental health services. 

Step 2:  To be part of our journey. For your donation of RM2,000, I will personally arrange for an appreciation meal with my team and I. Through our conversations, you will have an insight into the journey of the families who are rebuilding their lives after their experience of domestic violence and gain better understanding of how SOLS Health services support them through this journey.

I am Ellisha and this is my story. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generous support that enable these families be brave again.

 

 


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22/02/2020
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On behalf of Datin Anit Kaur Randhawa

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21/02/2020
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Work Your 24K Magic for Victims of Domestic Abuse

by Ellisha

Assalamualaikum and Good Day to all of you,

Who am I?

I often struggle to explain what I do to someone I had just met. To this day, the common question I am asked by my extended ... Read more