Domestic Violence Therapeutic Services
Domestic abuse or family violence refers to patterns of behaviors within relationships that are used to gain or keep power over another member of the family. Typically, it is spouse against spouse or a parent against a child. In some situations involving the elderly, it may be child against parent.
Domestic abuse or family violence can be physical, emotional, sexual, or psychological. Common behaviors include name calling, threat making, manipulation, humiliation, blaming, and similar violations. Other dangerous indicators of domestic abuse or violence involve the aggressor attempting to isolate the victim from others, monitoring the victim’s behavior, among other acts.
In many cases, individuals suffering through domestic abuse or family violence are not inclined to report what is happening to the authorities. This stems from fear as well as the hope that the behavior will go away. Unfortunately, it rarely does, and in most cases, it worsens.
Being in a violent relationship can feel incredibly isolating. Although it may feel as if you are alone, it is important to know that there are people who can help. The first step of reaching out is often the hardest, but it is the only way the violence will stop. Research shows that women who are in or have left an abusive relationship experience a higher than average level of anxiety, depression, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many women and men can find it difficult to deal with the emotional and psychological impacts of abuse and the ways in which it can continue to affect their lives, and relationship with others over time.
Victims of domestic abuse can visit a licensed therapist to learn how to cope with the emotional trauma that’s often left behind even after they’ve left an abusive relationship. Those who are in an abusive relationship can receive the help to recognize, understand the abuse, and develop the skills and resources to address the abuse for themselves.
If you would like more information regarding domestic violence therapy and/or be connected to a therapist please call 403-347-2480.