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Recovering from Physical Abuse:

3 Keys to Your Body's Miracle Makeover


domestic violence consulting expert


By Dr. Jeanne King, Ph.D.


Broken bones, ruptured spleen, bruised swollen tissue, and ultimately a diagnosed clinical condition labeled as “degenerative disc.” Such a label can connote a permanent, defective body part, and ultimately an image of broken body.

I hear domestic violence survivors talk about their injuries as not only their battle scars, but as their life sentences. Such a belief can only work to sustain the bodily dysfunction.

And it is no wonder why full recovery is yet to come.  If you are holding your physical injuries in this way, the following three points could change your life. 

1) The body is in, and under, constant change. Every 30 days the skin cells replaces themselves, liver cells every six weeks, muscles every six months to three years, bone replaces every eight months to four years, and our red blood cells every 90-120 days. In fact every year you look in the mirror on your birthday, you are actually looking at a different body.  

2) Our thoughts are the magnets of matter, thus what we think we create. If your vision is of the body you wish to manifest, rather that the one you feel trapped in, then you set in motion the largest ignition system imaginable…one that can ignite whatever you imagine. 

3) The natural tendency of the body is to mend itself and, whether you believe this or not, our bodies are truly charmed by well-being. The moment the body feels harmony tip-toe in, it yields to it in awe.

If you are a domestic violence survivor and your physical injuries are holding up your complete healing, look deeply into the three points above. Hold reverence for point number one, create a platform for point three and make point number two a daily practice. Doing so will change your body and your life.

For more information about healing for domestic abuse, see Healing for Domestic Abuse volume 1 and 2. We are confident that these resources will open doors for your mental, emotional and physical mending.


If you want personal help healing the physical injuries and emotional scars of domestic violence, feel free to contact us Dr. Jeanne King, Ph.D. helps people recognize, end and heal from domestic violence.

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© 2008 Jeanne King, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeanne King is a licensed psychologist and domestic abuse consultant. Feel free to contact us if you need help with physical and/or emotional pain, stress-related illnesses, or relationship abuse issues at home or in court. Contact Us to reach Dr. King.