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

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

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 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

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 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 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

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

I have extensive experience working with survivors of domestic violence.

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

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 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

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

Throughout my education, I have focused on domestic violence and it's impact. I have dedicated a majority of my education researching and understanding the complexities of intimate partner abuse and its effects, as well as how to help victims become survivors. In order to help victims of abuse, it is important that we create a safe and nonjudgmental environment for them so they can feel comfortable in opening up about their situation.

— Katie Robey, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Gatos, CA

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

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 worked directly with survivors of domestic and/or intimate partner violence since just 18 years old. I have worked in shelters, answered emergency hotlines, and specialized in trauma related to healing from violence throughout my schooling and training.

— Jacey Bishop, Licensed Clinical Social Worker