Domestic Violence (DV) is defined as an abuser using physical violence and/or emotional abuse for the purpose of asserting control. Anyone can be a victim of DV regardless of age, education, race, social economic status, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical abilities. DV can occur anywhere.
Examples of abuse include:
- Name-calling or putdowns
- Isolating their partner from loved ones
- Withholding love, affection, and money
- Not being able to keep a job, or apply to jobs, due to intimidation by partner
- Physical harm (actual or threatened)
- Throwing/breaking things
- Sexual assault
Domestic Violence work greatly depends on you and your circumstances. However, one of the most important steps universal to all DV recovery involves fostering an understanding that the violence you have experienced is not your fault.
Recovering from DV often involves rebuilding self-esteem, reforging identity, developing positive coping skills, and mastering the ability to set healthy boundaries in your life. As a survivor of DV, you may also need help creating a safety plan, practicing how to leave an abuser, or learning how to heal from the judicial system.
Together we will work to dispel the social stigma associated with being a victim of DV, so that you can move forward to a place of safety and healing.