Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. The abuse includes behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, intimidates or prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want. It includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation. Many of these different forms of domestic violence/abuse can occur at any one time or within the same intimate relationship. Domestic violence does not discriminate and can happen to anyone. It affects people who are dating, married, or living together. It happens to both men and women of all races regardless of their socio-economic status, culture, and educational level.
Through our trauma informed and non-judgmental approach, we support clients as they make decisions to end or change the dynamics of their unhealthy or abusive relationships. Individual therapy and family therapy provide our clients with the support and tools they need to heal and live a life free of violence and abuse. Once our clients have begun to heal from their trauma, we incorporate a psychoeducational approach which helps our clients gain a better understanding of the cycle of abuse while also learning life and relational skills that are essential for building healthy intimate and personal relationships.
National Domestic Violence line at 1-800-799-7233.
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