Understanding Domestic Violence

Understanding Domestic Violence

Knowing the warning signs of an abuser and of one being abused could mean the difference between life and death. Understanding and being able to recognize the warning signs of domestic violence can empower you as an advocate and can serve as a red flag for someone just entering into a potentially abusive situation. Armed with the knowledge of the different types of abuse, and where to go for help are the next steps in advocating for a friend, family member or yourself. The inner workings of an abusive relationships are complex and it takes a lot of courage to leave. Understanding the power and control dynamic and the toll it takes on the survivor can help an advocate be more compassionate toward them. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the abusive relationship, survivors need to be supported and empowered to make decisions for themselves, and to reclaim parts of themselves that often become lost in these types of relationship dynamics.

Ridgeview has spent many years developing our women’s program specifically designed with their unique needs in mind. We have created a safe space for women to unpack and renew themselves in a therapeutic environment. Our staff understands the challenges that some women face, and are here to assist them in dealing with issues such as trauma, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, familial, professional and personal stress, grief and loss, and substance use/misuse. Women pursue symptom management through building new strengths and insights to gain and regain command of their lives.

For more information on how to recognize the signs of domestic violence read here.