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Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse can take form as emotional, verbal, or physical violence. Domestic abuse is a serious issue.

Symptoms of Domestic Abuse

• harassment
• frequent yelling or screaming
• use of fear tactics to gain control
• physical abuse
• stalking
• physical or financial control or constraint
• sexual abuse

Causes

Domestic abuse can arise from an abusive partner’s own mental health limitations. Stress and financial burden can exacerbate the problem and cause violent or aggressive outbreaks. An abusive partner perhaps found that violence and anger has worked in the past to solve problems, or the partner was raised in an abusive household.

Treatment

While counseling for partners in the throes of a violent relationship is not recommended, therapy can help survivors of domestic violence. Domestic abuse is often traumatizing, and low self-esteem, anxiety, and fear commonly accompany that trauma. A therapist can redirect unhealthy coping skills that have developed, such as misuse of substances. Therapy ensures a client’s path back to stable, healthy living.

We Can Help

Open Path’s therapists offer beneficial services that encourage insight, self-reflection, and healthy coping mechanisms. Our therapists offer clients the support necessary to heal from domestic violence, redirecting feelings of blame or guilt to positive thoughts and behaviors.

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