DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 

Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, family violence, and intimate partner violence (IPV), has been broadly defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors in an intimate relationship such as marriage or dating. Domestic violence, so defined, has many forms, including physical aggression (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects), or threats thereof; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect); and economic deprivation.

 

Nearly one in four women reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life. Women are the victims of 1,200 deaths and two million injuries from intimate partner violence each year. The majority (two-thirds) of United States nonfatal intimate partner victimizations of women occur at home. On average, more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States.

 

Children are residents of the households experiencing intimate partner violence in 43 percent of incidents involving female victims.  A 2006 study suggests that approximately 15.5 million American children are exposed to domestic violence. Nearly 30 percent of those children were exposed to domestic violence within the past year. Severe violence occurred in nearly half of these cases.

 

Intimate partner violence is more prevalent among couples with children than those without children. Children who experience childhood trauma, including witnessing incidents of domestic violence, are at a greater risk of having serious adult health problems including tobacco use, substance abuse, obesity, cancer, heart disease, depression and a higher risk for unintended pregnancy.

 

 

BATTERER’S INTERVENTION PROGRAM

 

FSA Counseling offers the only state certified  26-week batterer’s intervention program in west-central Indiana. This program is based upon the Duluth Model, which was  developed in 1981, and is one of the most widely used and researched domestic violence intervention programs in the nation. Theoretically, it assumes domestic violence is an issue of power and control, not an anger management problem. The program has three main goals: ensuring the victim’s safety; developing a coordinated community response to the problem of domestic violence; and holding batterers accountable for their abusive behaviors.  Our ultimate goal is to end any violence in participant’s intimate partner relationships.

 

FSA offers groups for both men and women who use violence in their relationships. For more information or to schedule an assessment, please call 812-232-4349.