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. 

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I am a qualified domestic violence prevention group facilitator with eight months experience co-facilitating domestic violence prevention groups.

— Jess Callaway, Licensed Resident in Counseling in Norfolk, VA

The most prevalent goal I use for my clients dealing with trauma is to help my clients develop more adequate coping strategies, find a sense of hope using cognitive therapy and then quickly begin with strategies such as relaxation training, stress reduction exercises, cognitive modulation of affect through self-talk before we begin discussing the trauma in sessions. Trauma-focused CBT helps one who has been abused to better manage distressing feelings to deal with trauma-related memories.

— Monica Pina, Licensed Professional Counselor in Brownsville, TX

I have worked on both side of domestic violence and intimate partner violence. I have provided victim centered treatment in the forensic space, as well as trauma therapy for survivors in the private space. Domestic violence is not limited to behaviors deemed illegal by the criminal justice system, but also includes emotional, verbal, and psychological abuse.

— Suzanne Cooper, Licensed Professional Counselor in Littleton, CO

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

I have nearly two years of experience working with victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. I come from a place of empathy and understanding to assist clients in exploring options in a nonjudgmental, person-centered manner. Issues of IPV and sexual assault are not always easily navigated and I take care and caution to ensure trauma informed practice to avoid further pain and hurt.

— Stephanie Puckett, Licensed Professional Counselor in Raleigh, NC

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 , CA

Since 2014 I have been working with those impacted by varied experiences of domestic violence. Often times, this type of abuse consists of more types of behavior than we initially realize. Unfortunately, experiencing physical, emotional and psychological abuse can leave us feeling as if we cannot trust ourselves. I work with folks to re establish trust with self, and healing from these experiences.

— Caitlin Kiley, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

I have extensive experience working with survivors of domestic violence.

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

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

You are strong and deserve to live a life of peace and safety that honors your needs. I can help you learn about relationships in a way that can transform your connection with others, and build solid and safe communication skills and boundaries.

— Rebecca Keck, Counselor in Kissimmee, FL

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children / Rape Crisis & Domestic Violence Advocate

— Davante Jennings, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Whether you had a big blowup, or your relationship got destructive over time, navigating an unhealthy or abusive relationship can leave you feeling afraid and confused. With gentle compassion, I can help you gain clarity and a sense of empowerment, whether you choose to stay or leave. You can learn how to effectively respond to your partner's controlling behavior with integrity. It is possible to gain a sense of safety and identity again, and you don't have to do it alone.

— Rebecca Lomeland, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

I have significant experience working with survivors of domestic violence. I have received training in this area and worked for a time in a domestic violence program.

— Patricia Pardy, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

There are so many consequences related to the experience of DV/IPDV. Survivors report anxiety, depression, symptoms of PTSD, low self-esteem, a fear of intimacy, significant trust issues, emotional detachment, and sleep disturbances. You may be experiencing symptoms not included on this page. You can heal from a relationship/s like this--call or email to schedule a free 15-minute consultation.

— Leta Lawhead, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Bellingham, WA

I have been working with those experiencing domestic violence since I started work as a therapist. I have received extensive training and have many hours of experience supporting those who are currently in, thinking about leaving, leaving, or have already left, unhealthy relationships. I hold a stance of non judgmental support as you contemplate whether to stay in your relationship-- a choice only you can make. I help connect you to resources when and if you're ready to leave.

— Anna McDonald, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Not sure if your relationship is healthy? I can support clients who are current in or recently out of an abusive relationship. I provide clients with support and education on dynamics of domestic violence, warning signs, safety planning, and healthy relationships. I can provide specialized support on dealing with technology abuse.

— Zoe Oderberg, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , CA

Leaving an abusive partner is one thing. Learning to love again and engage in healthy relationships is something else altogether. Luckily, a great trauma therapist can help you fully move past the bad experiences, heal, and be ready for healthy relationships that fill you up! I feel passionate about helping clients to see themselves as I see them--strong, capable, and deserving of love and belonging.

— Ariel Morado, Counselor in Austin, TX