Many victims and survivors decide to get help from a professional counselor. Be sure to choose a counselor who is appropriately trained and qualified to help persons with problems like yours. These counselors go by different names and have somewhat different training:
- Social workers
- Certified alcohol and drug counselors
- Pastoral counselors
There are two ways to think about domestic violence:
1. Men and women are equally likely to engage in domestic violence, about half of all abuse is two-way, and domestic violence has a wide range of causes.
2. Men are almost always the instigators of domestic violence, abuse is always one-way, and domestic violence is usually caused by a partner’s need for power and control.
The first way of thinking is based on validated research — see What are the Seven Key Facts About Domestic Violence? — while the second concept is rooted in ideology. When deciding which domestic violence counselor you want to see, first ask some questions to make sure you are working with a qualified person.
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