Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) breaks the cycle of violence and helps families transform from crisis to healthy and safe relationships.
DAP SHRINKS DINOSAURS -
YOU MAKE IT POSSIBLE
When seven year old Brittany’s mom tells her she is going to see at counselor at DAP to talk about what happens at home, Brittany wonders fearfully…what is a DAP? And Brittany is scared, because she knows NEVER to talk about what happens at home!
When Brittany and her therapist visit they don’t just talk…they play. And through play therapy Brittany describes how she feels about her home life and her Dad’s rage…it’s like a big T-Rex dinosaur looming over their house. And Brittany, her sister and her mom are tiny figurines in the corner.
After many months of coming to DAP, Brittany changes. She has learned about helper people and the fact that the abuse she is seeing is not her fault. When she and her therapist play again at their last session, she describes a new feeling about home. The dinosaur is still there, but he is off in the corner and he is small. Her sister and her mom are with her in the center, and Brittany is a princess.
That’s what DAP does for children…we shrink dinosaurs.
Like a T-Rex towering over a home and blocking the sunshine, the effects of domestic abuse impair a child’s ability to soak in love and the confidence they need to grow into healthy adults.
Domestic Abuse Project, or DAP as we’re known, gives kids a safe place to break the secret they’ve kept for so long, and the T-Rex shrinks. The dinosaur may never disappear, but it no longer blocks out the sunlight or the love.
DAP can’t shrink dinosaurs alone. Partner with us to help children heal from the domestic abuse they witness. Help DAP shrink the dinosaurs that loom over their lives by participating in DAP’s Spring Fundraising Campaign. Visit our website at www.domesticabuseproject.org to see the many ways you can get involved.