Living With an Abuser During Social Distancing: Coping Strategies & Support

Some of us have been forced to go back to toxic family and partners during this pandemic. You don't have to struggle alone.

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Social-distancing during COVID-19 has been dangerous to those having to go back to former abusive partners. Many are experiencing increased levels of intimate partner violence due to financial hardship and more hours being spent at home. We are also seeing LGBTQ folks having to go back to families who are not supportive of their gender identity or sexuality. Fat folks and people with eating disorders have had to go back to family members who have food and body shame. Others are having to relive childhood traumas, live with perpetrators, and live with toxic family members.

Alishia McCullough (she, her, hers) and is a millennial Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist and National Certified Counselor residing in Greensboro, North Carolina. Gloria, from Nalgona Positivity Pride and Alishia McCullough, M.S., LCMHCA, NCC from @blackandembodied for a discussion on different coping strategies for those having to live with an abuser during social distancing. In the past few years, she has been providing therapy to college students dealing with issues of anxiety, depression, mood issues, relationship conflict, family concerns, eating disorders and body image concerns. She specializes in treating eating disorders and uphold the values of body justice and fat liberation within communities of color. She is motivated to increase access and create spaces for black, indigenous, queer, people of color to come together and heal in ways that inspire holistic wellness and culturally inclusive informed healing.

What do we cover?

  • Harm reduction is appropriate to those living in risky and unsafe circumstances especially during a pandemic. No need to beat yourself up for doing the best you can.
  • It's is inevitable to feel stagnant and isolated while experiencing abuse and self-distancing. We discuss different steps individuals can take to navigate these emotions.
  • Living in a toxic household is emotionally and physically exhausting. We cover creative ways to have quiet alone time.
  • Many have been pushed back to their homes where they have to relive childhood traumas. We go over coping strategies when a person gets emotionally overwhelmed.
  • Abuse comes in many forms including the shaming of weight changes and food options. We offer different suggestions on how to deal with family members that body shame and negatively comment on our food choices.
  • Things to include in an emotional and physical safety plan.
  • We go over other steps individuals having to live with abuser during these uncertain times can do.


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Alishia McCullough, M.S., LCMHCA, NCC
Alishia McCullough, M.S., LCMHCA, NCC

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