Initiative Update

Setting a healing journey on its course

Kirthi Jayakumar
Posted May 23, 2020 from India

World over, the lockdowns have been challenging in many, many difficult ways. Among those that are struggling with the weight of having to stay home are those that are facing domestic violence. We're talking about staying home to stay safe - but they're not safe because they're staying home. Reporting a crime and calling for help is not easy in regular times: the decision to stay or to leave, the questions of having to address the stigma, the challenges of moving away, financial independence, and not having anywhere to go are only just a few of the many challenges that survivors are forced to confront. 

The system is also overloaded: which means that there are fewer police officers, few shelters available, few liaisons who can support survivors, and few to no means to get around town in search of safety. Bearing this time with toxic people, violent people, and abusive people is unbearable, to say the least. 

In response to this, I made an addition to Saahas: A healing sandbox. The sandbox allows for a survivor to document the instances of violence they face - and this is exclusively on their own phones, does not need a log-in - so the data is safe and remains on their version of the app. It also has sections that help "Breathe" to heal anxiety and trauma through a nifty little GIF, has a separate section with blank noise, and peaceful and calming music that helps soothe trauma and pain. Of course it is not a complete solution that takes the violence away: but it is a step to help a survivor find ways to address their trauma. 

Do YOU have any particular things you like to look at / listen to / do that helps you heal, calm down from anxiety or trauma? Please do share it with me - and together, we can enrich the sandbox. 

How many people have you impacted since your last update?


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Karen Quiñones-Axalan
May 23, 2020
May 23, 2020

Wow, Kirthi, you are awesome! Your empathy awakened your genius to save lives. Thank you for your commitment to help women. These are powerful words, “ We're talking about staying home to stay safe - but they're not safe because they're staying home. ”

Great job, dear sister! We appreciate you!

Tamarack Verrall
May 24, 2020
May 24, 2020

Dear Kirthi,
This sounds like a powerful healing tool, given that women are trapped and unable to get out to fid support. Something tangible that may well create strength to survive in the moment. What works for me: listening to waves (I have a few very short videos if you want them), looking at photos of nature, especially trees, and photos of women coming together to generate power and make change happen, including in circles, and demonstrating together in the streets.
Love in sisterhood,

Jill Langhus
May 25, 2020
May 25, 2020

Wow, Kirthi! You rock!!! Keep up the great work:-) XX

Marie Abanga
Jan 01
Jan 01

Dear Kirthi,

Beautiful initiative update. I love the idea of a sandbox and am sure you already have affirmations in the box
keep on keeping on sis