domestic violence

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse and battery, is a behavior portrayed by one person towards another that harms them mentally, physically, sexually, emotionally and/or even financially. Domestic abuse may begin with a verbal argument, a shove, or even a slap and can escalate into a pattern of psychological, physical, or even emotional threats and attacks towards the victim.

Domestic violence is not a one-time occurrence. It has a profound effect on the victim. Research reflects that the abuse becomes more frequent and severe in time.
In the United States:

  • A woman is beaten every fifteen seconds
  • One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are female
  • Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police

One way to help yourself or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse is to stay knowledgeable about the existing information about family violence. Some of the main components of domestic violence include but are not limited to:

  • Cycle of violence
  • Power and control wheel
  • Why women/victims stay
  • Learned helplessness
  • Codependence vs. interdependence
  • Empowerment

Anita Avedian, MFT, has been working with victims of Domestic Violence for many years. She has helped battered women in crisis shelter, transitional housing, and in outpatient settings. Individual therapy is offered to help one learn about coping skills, problem solving, learning ways to increase motivation, and understanding the underlying patterns of an abusive setting. She will also provide you resources for shelters, support groups, and 24 hour help lines. Call Anita Avedian, MFT at (818) 426-2495 to schedule a session.