Domestic violence involves one partner abusing the other to gain control over them. It comes in different levels of severity and frequencies and can affect any kind of relationship, whether it involves family, friends, or other people.
Domestic violence is also called intimate partner violence, spousal abuse, and domestic abuse. While many victims feel like they can never break the cycle and get back on track, it is possible to recover from the mental and physical effects of domestic violence.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Physical violence is just one type of a partner’s aggression. A violent partner can use many strategies to manipulate and emotionally control, including:
- Physical abuse: hitting, choking, pushing, biting, kicking, or hair pulling and forceful ingestion are some instances
- Sexual violence: includes rape, non-consensual sexual actions, or sexual demeaning
- Emotional abuse: involves blaming, name-calling, or criticizing to reduce a person’s self-worth
- Psychological abuse: entails emotionally blackmailing or coercing the victim to obey the abuser’s demands, whether it be through emotional and physical threats
- Financial abuse: involves controlling victims using their financial situations and statuses
How Prevalent is Domestic Violence?
Anyone can be affected by domestic violence, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, or background. According to a survey published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the U.S. have faced intimate partner violence. Moreover, it states that 33% of female and 5.5% of male homicide victims died at the hands of a current or former partner, and 30-60% of children domestic violence environments have to deal with abuse and neglect.
How Counseling Helps with Domestic Abuse
Victims of domestic violence have to deal with self-esteem, stress, fear, and PTSD. Individual counseling can help these survivors of domestic violence by revealing a pattern of abuse so as to help create a safety plan, make people focus on their strengths and teach them to deal with negative beliefs and mental problems.
Group therapy can assist domestic violence victims. Individuals in the group share their events so they can minimize the negativities while providing them with a support system. Art and music can provide group members with an outlet for their emotions. Other group therapies involve animal-assisted sessions.
Couples therapy is not recommended if violence is the basis of a relationship, since the counseling may not be as effective in an unhealthy dynamic. Some therapists are usually against dealing with but can conduct a safe therapy session to promote open communication.
Marie’s Domestic Violence Success Story
Marie was a domestic violence victim who received counseling sessions every week to discuss her history of violent relationships. She was able to explore and process her negative life experiences, and now Marie can identify a healthy relationship while handling a successful work environment.
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