THE HOPE BEAR
|Inspired by personal tragedy, Dr. Linda Olson offers families & children the keys to overcoming Childhood Domestic Violence (CDV) – a national crisis affecting the lives of one out of every seven people in the US.
Many children grow up in homes 1) experiencing physical, verbal, or emotional abuse – from parents, stepparents, significant others of parents, relatives, and caregivers; 2) witnessing it between their parents or between their parents and other family members and friends; or 3) losing friends or family members to it.
A child who merely witnesses CDV, a situation too often overlooked, is a secondary victim and often suffers in silence, as if experiencing the trauma directly. Such a child can be as likely in the future as a primary victim to turn to violence.
CDV victims are six times more likely to commit suicide, 50-percent more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol, and 74-percent more likely to commit a violent crime. CDV is the single best predictor of whether children will become either perpetrators or willing victims of domestic violence later in life.
Denial, fear, and shame allow CDV to be passed on from one generation to another. As long as this is so, CDV will continue to affect generations of families.
Enter the trademarked, patented Hope Bear.
Dr. Linda Olson designed the Hope Bear to help soothe and heal children who have experienced, witnessed, or lost loved ones to domestic violence.
Dr. Olson knows this situation first-hand: she experienced and witnessed violence in her childhood and marital homes, lost two sisters to childhood domestic violence, and treats children similarly afflicted in her private practice.
Many studies and lots of empirical evidence show that teddy bears reduce depression, loneliness, and anxiety in traumatized and grieving children, and help them build resiliency.
Now that you understand the power of The Hope Bear to help victims of childhood domestic violence (CDV), please donate HERE to allow us to continue manufacturing these bears.
Project Hope Bear is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization. EIN=830570676. Your donation is tax-deductible.