・ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ・
Who do you help?
Our outreach focuses its heart on the adult survivors of childhood trauma
who have Complex PTSD and/or dissociative trauma disorders.
Does that mean domestic violence?
While some of our survivors have endured domestic violence as children in violent homes,
or as adults who fell victim to abusive partners later in life, most are survivors of other forms of childhood trauma. This can include, but is not limited to: emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse; extreme parental neglect; human, sex and/or drug trafficking, child exploitation, recurrent medical traumas, living in a war zone, and more.
Do you only help women?
Definitely not! Our outreach is for men, women, trans, and nonbinary folks; individuals of any sexual orientation,
race, nationality, faith, disability, or income level. While our treatment grants do require that one be in financial need, and can currently only be approved in the US, there are still many other ways we offer support regardless of your location or income level.
Childhood trauma is the only thread weaving those we help together, everything else is diverse. But even our tools, resources,
education and compassion can benefit those with a variety of mental illnesses or even no trauma at all.
We are here for hurting humans in need.
Also, no trauma history, background, or unsavory past is a deterrent to our desire to assist however we can. No shame.
What’s Complex PTSD?
C-PTSD is a posttraumatic disorder that stems from severe, repetitive trauma -
most often in childhood, but not always. This may include many of the above-mentioned traumatic conditions or any prolonged exposure to abuse where the victim’s at the mercy or complete control of another. Complex PTSD involves all the symptoms of standard PTSD as well as many emotional, interpersonal, and developmental disruptions.
You can read much more about C-PTSD here.
What are 'dissociative trauma disorders'?
This category refers to: Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), all Other Specified Dissociative Disorder (OSDD) subtypes,
and anyone experiencing unmanaged dissociation who’s still in the process of receiving a proper diagnosis or is currently misdiagnosed (most commonly with BPD, Bipolar, or Schizophrenia). Note: It is possible to have a dissociative disorder and one of these, but more often, one is mistaken for the other. Not all dissociative disorders are definitively trauma-based, but most are and we are here for you.
These conditions typically present with comorbid Complex PTSD and develop under very similar circumstances.
However, dissociative disorders tend to be even more specific to early childhood trauma, especially DID.
DID only forms before the ages of 6-9, though some research suggests even earlier.
The symptoms of dissociative disorders can be more severe than C-PTSD and carry considerably larger stigma.
A dedicated page to dissociative disorders is coming soon. In the meantime, we have two articles (here and here) on DID,
as well as a very in-depth infographic series on our social media beginning here. For more information on OSDD
(and all dissociative experiences), this site is an excellent resource.
how do you help complex trauma survivors?
We offer grants that provide the finances necessary for patients to get therapy, psychiatry, inpatient treatment, and any other therapeutic services they need and deserve. We also help by directing survivors to local resources as well as books and other written materials that may aid in their healing. Beyond our direct outreach, the entire BAB team works very hard to educate both clinicians as well as the public on trauma disorders. This, in turn, helps survivors by providing their loved ones and care teams with the tools they need to support more effectively and with grace. We try to do each of these things while offering an abundance of warmth, compassion and validation along the way.
You can learn more about the challenges survivors face with treatment availability,
accessibility to care, the financial burden, and more, here.
what else are you doing to help?
Our other primary focus is on furthering professional and public awareness for complex trauma and the survivors who experience it.
The public is still largely unaware, but more devastating is the limited number of trained therapists and psychiatrists able to recognize or treat these patients. Furthermore, there are less than 10 U.S. hospitals equipped to take a traumatized patient in need.
We are in the process of changing that.
HOW CAN SURVIVORS GET HELP?
They can click here to learn more about grant applications. They can also send an email to our Grant Committee to email@example.com with the subject "Application Submission". Or,
they can simply email any questions or concerns about the process to the same address.
Survivors can also engage with us via social media first if that feels safer.
For those who don't need financial assistance at this time, great care, support
and interaction can be found on our various social media platforms, as well as
the blog portion of our website where we write resource articles
specific to Complex PTSD and DID.
We are active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Does the severity of one's trauma Increase their chances of grant approval?
To be brief, no.
We take a wide variety of factors into consideration when approving grant applications -- trauma severity is not one.
While we do need to make sure our applicants fit the criteria of having experienced complex trauma, grants are determined
on a case-by-case basis and our focus revolves more around patient safety, the severity one's symptoms, availability and/or
competence of one's treatment team, level of family/friend support, and - of course - financial need.
How badly one was traumatized in their youth, or adulthood, does not weight one's application heavier.
Because of this, as well as the nature of working intimately with those who endured great trauma,
you may see this CORRESPONDENCE NOTICE from time to time:
Your voice matters. Your story is important. We care deeply about your pain -
both past and present. However, knowing details of the trauma you've experienced - especially those which are graphic in nature -
will not help us help you better. In fact, it can deplete our resources and clarity, leaving us less efficient in guiding you
to the help you deserve. Severity of trauma has zero bearing on approval of grant applications.
We care about you, so for your safety and ours, we ask that you refrain from sharing traumatic material.
In the event of an emergency, please contact your local crisis center or call 911.
We will gladly help when your safety has been ensured.
Are you actually a non-profit, though?
All of our board members are 100% volunteers, as are all of our helpers and advisory teams. Not a single person takes so much as a penny for their efforts.
YEAH, BUT WHAT ABOUT, LIKE, PROMOTIONS AND ADVERTISING?
All that we create or put out there has been volunteer-made or donated. The only expenses that go out are occasions where
event vendors are unable to donate a service or there is an item that must be purchased at a store - but these are all included in the
Budget Balance for that event, where we always return a much greater overall profit for our survivors.
The same applies for promotional items or boosted posts on social media. They are either gifted from volunteers,
or part of the event’s total budget. Nothing is ever lost or used that we don’t get a far greater return on.
Why the name “Beauty After Bruises”?
We have written an article on exactly that and you can read it right here!
HOW CAN we HELP SUPPORT survivors OR GET INVOLVED?
2.) Volunteer! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org,
saying you want to help and we’ll find a spot for you!
3.) Come to an event! Get the latest information via our Facebook page.
Something is always going on over there!
4.) Spread the word! Tell a friend, share our posts, tweet a celeb, just get the buzz going!
5.) Get creative! If you wanna help, but none of these things feel right,
your heart will come up with something that does, and it'll be perfect.
WHAT ABOUT THERAPISTS, CLINICIANS, OR BUSINESSES who WANT TO PARTNER OR GET INVOLVED?
EMAIL US! email@example.com