Victims of attacks not only undergo severe physical pain and trauma but also mental trauma that changes the way they feel and think. Psychological trauma is caused by both what the terror victims suffer during the attack, as they feel their skin burning away, and what they suffer after the attack with respect to the disfigurement or disabilities they have to live with for the rest of their lives. Victims suffer psychological symptoms such as depression, insomnia, nightmares, paranoia, and/or fear of facing the outside world, headaches, weakness and tiredness, difficulty in concentrating and remembering things, etc. They feel perpetually depressed, ashamed, worried and lonely.
Usually, acid burn victims suffer severe psychological symptoms for years, if not forever, because they are constantly reminded of the violent act by their physical scars. The feeling of lack of hope and worth may never leave them.
How to deal with Trauma?
ASFI with generous endowment from Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Vancouver BC, Canada has developed a Trauma Informed Care Kit (TICK) details of which is available from our sourcebook
The idea is to address issues of prevention, medical treatment, psycho-social care and rehabilitation for women afflicted by acid and burns assault through a new transformative and healing approach, untried in this area before.The trauma-informed care approach is normally extended to people who are accident victims. This unique, restorative approach has also been successfully used with people who suffer from mental imbalances.