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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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

I started my career in alcohol abuse as a Bachelor's-level therapist in a Mental Health center in Utah. Soon, the connection with alcohol and domestic violence became obvious. In the small town in which I was practicing with a 3-person therapy staff, the lack of resources was all too obvious. So I learned how to search out resources, both within myself and in the community. This searching led to the obvious connection with marriage/relationship issues, which I have been pursuing since.

— Laurel Jones, Clinical Social Worker in Grand Junction, CO

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

Whether you are still in the relationship or have been a survivor of past relationship violence, I applaud you for seeking assistance. This relationship has weighed on your mental health and I will provide a sounding board and safe place, without judgment, to explore it's impact as you move from victim to survivor. I will assist with safety planning while allowing you the freedom to make the decisions that you feel are best for you.

— Tracie Carter, Clinical Social Worker

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

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 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

I am certified advanced victim advocate and was a military family violence advocate for 6yrs. When working with victims of violence, I take a trauma informed approach as well as a safety first stance. I work with victims to become empowered to make the best decisions for themselves whether they chose to stay or leave a relationship. I go at the pace of the client and help them overcome their barriers to a happy and healthy life.

— Hope Perini, Counselor in Barre, VT

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 worked as a therapist in a DV agency. I have volunteered on a DV hotline and provided childcare in a DV shelter. I have facilitated community outreach efforts of a DV agency.

— Mark Myran, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

I specialize in working with individuals either currently involved in or recovering from narcissistic abuse. I have taken DV 101 Training through New Beginnings Domestic Violence Center in Seattle, WA, Family Law for the Mental Health Professional from Joseph Shaub, MA, JD in Bellevue, WA, and Sexual Assault Training though the Providence Hospital. Additionally, I have over 2 years of experience through community mental health working with both survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence.

— Christine Cuhaciyan, Counselor in Seattle, WA

Priority population since start of practice in 2014 as an Intern. Continue to provide trauma informed services to as well as psychoeducation to assist in transition.

— Adiel Holguin, Licensed Professional Counselor

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

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

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

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 extensive experience working with survivors of domestic violence.

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

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