I see a survivor as one that begins the process of healing themselves from a traumatic experience, and doesn’t pass on what was done to them. It is a state of mind that is different from the victim.
Once one has escaped the abusive environment, they can become a survivor – if they make the decision to acknowlege that damage has been done to them, and then make the effort to repair themselves.
A survivor is strong enough to overcome what happened and begin the process of removing those things that are not part of their true self. If they observe part of their mind following a path toward abusive behavior, they confront it and try to heal it.
A survivor understands that no-one is so tough that they cannot be traumatized and damaged – and that the damage can be healed.