Domestic Violence or Intimate Partner Violence

Domestic, or intimate partner violence, can take many forms. It is often violence used in an effort to gain and/or maintain control. Some of the more common types of domestic violence include physical abuse (hitting, pushing, hair-pulling, forced substance use), emotional abuse (insults, blame, or other methods to diminish a person's self-esteem), psychological abuse (threats, including against family, pets, friends, or the abuser themselves, stopping a partner from attending activities, or other manipulation), sexual abuse (coerced or demeaning sex acts), and financial abuse (controlling a partner's finances or restriction of financial resources like an allowance). The emotional effects of these types of abuse can be long lasting, and may cause depression, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), insomnia, emotional distance, and more. If you or someone you know is experiencing (or has experienced) abuse, a qualified therapist can help. It is also important for children who witness or experience domestic abuse to see a professional who specializes in the age group to prevent the trauma affecting adulthood and possibly perpetuating the cycle of abuse. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s abuse specialists for support today. 

Meet the specialists

My first job out of college was as a case worker in an intimate partner violence housing program, and it is what ultimately brought me to psychology. Sadly, working with young adults also means working with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault, as this is the highest risk time. I work with folks to heal from trauma, returning towards a place of feeling safe and empowered.

— Alison Gurley, Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY

I have extensive experience working with survivors of domestic violence.

— Sarah McCune, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Denver, CO

I have training and experience working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with a nonprofit organization. I have also worked as a facilitator for a group of men who had been violent against their female partners. Working with offenders was not easy, and although it was great experience, I prefer to work with victims, helping them heal and recover.

— Kevin Faust, Mental Health Counselor in Chambersburg, PA

Domestic violence is also known as intimate partner violence, spousal abuse, and domestic abuse. Staying in an abusive situation can have negative long-term effects. But recovery is possible. Being Clinically Certified Therapist in Domestic Abuse, I work with woman in understanding the types & cycles of abuse, creating a safety plan, and how to stay safe. I also work with children. 1 in 3 women are impacted by domestic violence in their lifetime. If you need help right away, please call 911.

— Tammie Holt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Orlando, FL

Many survivors find that, as time goes on, the impacts of specific traumatic events begin to affect them differently. As challenging as it may feel to share your story, it is so important to find a safe place to process and cope with trauma and abuse you have survived. I am able to provide a safe place for all survivors to process, share and navigate their story. Together we will work on rebuilding your sense of self and increasing your quality of life.

— Alison Murphey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

DV/IPV can affect anyyone--regardless of sexuality, gender, age, religion, ability, nationality, neurodiversity. I validate clients' experiences, educate on dynamics of abuse within relationships, and work with you to remain safe, whether that means while in the relationship or not.

— Jennifer Kulka, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

Domestic violence can affect people of all genders, sexualities, and social backgrounds. I worked in a domestic violence counseling center with clients experiencing on-going domestic and family violence, childhood family violence, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence across many types of relationships.

— Stacy Marshall, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

No one deserves to be abused! Domestic Violence (DV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is extremely common and affects millions of people. Disrupting the pathways of development, nurturing protective environments, strengthening financial and economic supports, teaching skills to enhance safe and healthy relationships and to identify the warning signs are all goals of my practice.

— Alisa Zachery, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have been supporting the survivors of violent acts since I was an undergrad in college. Since 2007 I have been an advocate for those who most often feel voiceless. It is so important to provide a safe place for survivors to share their story, find safety and work to rebuild their life. I use a variety of tools to help you combat trauma and increase safety.

— Alison Murphey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA