Domestic violence therapy is a specialized form of counseling that helps victims and their families heal from abusive relationships. It is a crucial component of the broader efforts to address and combat domestic violence, a pattern of abusive behaviors within intimate relationships that can encompass physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, or economic abuse.
In domestic violence therapy, therapists create a safe and supportive environment. Domestic violence therapy is often part of a broader support network that includes legal assistance, shelters, and community resources. Its aim is to break the cycle of abuse, promote safety, and foster healthier relationships.
Domestic violence therapy can last for a few weeks, months, or longer, dependent on the individual's exact needs and preferences.
Too often people who’ve been involved in domestic abuse don’t seek counseling because they believe myths about the process. We’re here to clear those myths up so you know what you can expect – and what not to expect.
Myth #1: Domestic abuse counseling involves reliving bad memories over and over again
For some clients, it’s helpful to discuss the specifics of their abuse. For others, doing so is simply revictimizing themselves over and over again. You can work closely with your counselor to come up with a treatment plan that will help you move forward – not get stuck in the past.
Myth #2: You must be out of the abusive relationship before seeking counseling
Not everyone handles trauma the same way. Not everyone is in a position to get out of a relationship. Your counselor is not here to pressure you into anything or make you feel bad about the decisions you’ve made. They can help you no matter where you are in your life and in the process of healing.
Myth #3: Domestic abuse counseling isn’t helpful
This is one of the most common and harmful myths about domestic abuse. Too often, people simply believe that time is all it takes to heal their wounds. The reality is that without help, there can be long-term consequences including both emotional and physical illnesses.
Myth #4: Physical abuse is the only type of abuse
Some victims of abuse believe that it really wasn’t “that bad” if their abuser didn’t physically strike them. The truth is that there are several types of abuse: physical, sexual, and emotional. They can all ruin lives and they all require assistance from a counselor to work through.
Thriveworks Peachtree City Counseling & Coaching has experience with a wide range of domestic abuse situations. We’re here to help you walk through this difficult time in your life.