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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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

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

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

I am an IPV/DV survivor. I went to support groups at a DV advocacy agency, and I loved the experience so much, that a few years later, I returned to the agency to run the groups as a volunteer. This inspired me to become a therapist, and now I counsel IPV/DV survivors and run counseling support groups. I help people understand what happened, and empower people to find their self-esteem to move forward. I wrote an educational memoir about my experience that is available on my website.

— Kate Mageau, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

I have extensive experience working with survivors of domestic violence.

— Sarah McCune, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

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

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

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

I have used Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy successfully in working with victims of domestic violence.

— Sandra Nunez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

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 previous experience working in a domestic violence shelter as a crisis counselor offering individual and group therapy to address domestic violence dynamics, trauma, trauma bonding, and victimization.

— Jose Alfaro, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Lancaster, CA

I have over ten (10) years of experience working with both survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence. I focus on domestic violence and intimate partner psychoeducation, self-acknowledgment and self-validation skill-building, safety planning and trauma exploration and reprocessing to help my clients understand themselves in the context of their relationships and as an individual.

— Vincent "V" Espinoza, Clinical Social Worker in Albuquerque, NM

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 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

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

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 in ,

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