I have had experience of providing counselling for those who have experienced domestic violence, both in and out of a refuge setting.
Domestic violence is defined as:
“a pattern of abusive behaviours by one partner against another in an relationship such as marriage, dating, family, or cohabitation. Domestic violence, so defined, has many forms, including physical aggression or assault (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects), or threats thereof; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect); and economic deprivation.
Alcohol consumption and mental illness can be co-morbid with abuse, and present additional challenges in eliminating domestic violence. Awareness, perception, definition and documentation of domestic violence differ widely from country to country, and from era to era.
Domestic violence and abuse is not limited to obvious physical violence. Domestic violence can also mean endangerment, criminal coercion, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, trespassing, harassment, and stalking.”
I am able to support women and their children who have experienced physical, sexual, emotional or verbal violence. It can be very difficult to come to terms with the harm inflicted by domestic violence, and it can be harder to seek therapy to help.
I am experienced in helping people to talk about these problems and manage the pain it has caused.
Counselling can also help make sense of what has happened and find new ways of living and making healthy choices for the future.