The importance of support for one another

At one time or another, all of us as individuals, have felt alone. We have felt the feeling of there being nowhere to go or no one to turn to for the support that you both want and need. Friends and family offering supporting ears to listen or arms to wrap around you in comfort don’t get “it.” The “it” that separates us, the “it” that unless you’ve lived “it” or experienced firsthand what “it” is, then those offering support couldn’t possibly understand what you’re going through or feeling. So how do you find the support you need? How can you comfortably express, explain, or complain to someone who actually understands? How and where do you meet people who have lived through relatable experiences?

Answer: Support Group (noun) a group of people with common experiences or concerns who provide each other with encouragement, comfort, and advice.

With Domestic Violence Awareness Month behind us, the Family Counseling Center wants to make sure that the community is aware of the weekly support group held by Fulton County Domestic Violence. The group, Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments(ALIVE) meets every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. for victims, survivors, or anyone personally affected by domestic violence.

Support groups are so significant because they encourage people to reflect and connect with others in similar situations, while socializing and learning to trust after trauma. It is a safe place to gather, talk, and find strength through the support of others. It is incredibly brave for an individual to stand up and break the silence on domestic violence; it is even more empowering for a group to do so. Domestic violence does not discriminate, so everyone is encouraged to join.

For the location, any questions or additional information please call the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at (518) 725-5300.

AMANDA CRAMER, Domestic Violence advocate

The Family Counseling Center

Gloversville