Can a survivor of child abuse or neglect heal?

Many survivors of abuse and neglect lead productive lives free of many of the adverse medical and mental health conditions previously discussed. How quickly, and to what extent a victim of abuse heals is dependent on a number of factors. How quickly was there an intervention? Did the doctors, counselors and clergy who intervened respond competently? Does the survivor have a network of friends and family members who are supportive? There is a body of research on resilience which finds that simple things such as keeping a child in school, getting them involved in sports, music and other activities that build self-esteem and model non-abusive responses to conflict can be very important. There is also a substantial body of research that maintain a connection to faith, including a healthy sense of spirituality, can reduce the potential short and long term impact of abuse.