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Sexual violence impacts health and can lead to the development of distress, dysfunction or disorders. Recovery is gradual and may take time. The process can be lengthy, and professional medical, psychological and/or psychiatric help may be needed during this time.
Seek support from others to start the road to recovery. Support, affection and companionship of friends and family are some of the most effective resources for coping with difficult situations, and help recovery.
Maintain healthy habits in terms of rest, diet and exercise to reduce muscle tension and improve mood. Avoid alcohol and stimulating drinks because they cause higher levels of anxiety and make it harder to sleep.
Seek specialised medical and psychological help, as recovery is a long, gradual process that takes time. Gradually, the victim will start to feel better and regain control of their life.
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Substantiated information by:
Lluïsa García EstevePsychiatristPsychiatrist. President of the Intrafamily and Gender Violence Commission
Olga Puig NavarroClinical psychologist
Published: 22 July 2021
Updated: 20 September 2021
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