National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
As DV advocates, we are skilled at attending to physical safety in our programs. Emotional safety may seem more difficult to achieve because it is harder to measure. One definition of emotional safety is “a feeling that your inner most thoughts, feelings and experience are, and will be, honored as one honors themselves. You need not prove, nor impress; you just simply are. When it is present you feel open, even, at ease, and fluid with the spontaneity of a healthy child.” There are several steps that we can take to increase emotional safety in our programs.