Domestic violence survivors may often feel lost, isolated, and alone. But it’s vital to understand that there is domestic violence therapy available.
First and foremost, if you are a current domestic violence victim or you have escaped domestic violence, you must seek help. Then, it’s imperative to learn to cope and manage the residual emotional pain and fears. At Highland Springs, our compassionate and experienced team of counselors work with domestic violence survivors to break the chain of silence and isolation of domestic violence by providing counseling and support.
In this post, we will go over how domestic violence survivors can get help and seek treatment to manage living with their trauma. We’ll also answer frequently asked questions, including “how does domestic violence affect you emotionally?”
Domestic violence is violence or abuse that takes place at home. Domestic violence is a term that refers to any behaviors during which an abuser attempts to gain power and/or control over their intimate partner.
Signs of physical domestic violence include:
Domestic violence is not always physical. Signs of emotional abuse include:
There are five main types of violence, including:
Physical abuse is the most recognizable form of abuse and involves force being used to injure the victim. Even if the abuse does not cause significant injuries, it is still considered physical abuse — including a push or slap.
Emotional abuse is another kind of domestic violence. It happens when the abuser destroys the victim’s self-worth via persistent insults, humiliation, or criticism. The constant tearing down of the victim, both mentally and emotionally, is a form of abuse.
Sexual abuse is not limited to just sexual assault and rape. It also includes sexual harassment like unwelcome touching and demeaning behaviors. The definition of sexual abuse is broad and includes many scenarios, including being convinced to not take birth control or being forced into having an abortion.
Examples of financial abuse, the least obvious form of abuse, include a husband preventing his wife from getting a job or pursuing a degree. Though financial abuse is not obvious, it is extremely common. It often happens when spouses join their bank accounts, and there’s little family support. The victim becomes financially dependent on their spouse and becomes trapped in the marriage.
The fifth form of abuse is psychological abuse, which is defined as somebody intimidating, threatening, using fear-causing behaviors towards the victim. For example, preventing the victim from having their own social media profile, from talking to other people without permission, or threatening the victim with violence when they do something the abusive partner does not agree with.
Domestic violence strikes couples of all races, backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientations. Nearly 29 percent of women and 10 percent of men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by a partner.
Risk factors that increase the odds of becoming a victim of domestic abuse include:
Domestic violence survivors are at risk for:
If you’re being abused at home, domestic violence therapy.
At Highland Springs, there is no “one size fits all” method for domestic violence survivors. We assess each client on a case-by-case basis to come up with a treatment plan that is the most conducive and effective for each client’s unique scenario and trauma.
Some of the methods we use for domestic violence therapy to help heal and learn healthy coping skills include:
Surviving domestic violence is liberating, brave, and triumphant. But, it can also feel scary, shocking, and extremely lonely. This is why finding a team of therapists you can trust is so essential for recovery.
At Highland Springs, our team is committed to protecting your privacy and developing a specialized treatment plan so you can reclaim your life and heal your trauma with domestic violence therapy.
Please call us today for more information about our domestic violence survivor services and how we can help you today.
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