How Can Counselling Help?
Counselling is a powerful tool to facilitate healing in survivors of domestic violence and to end the violence among persons who abuse.
For Persons who Abuse
- The responsibility for stopping the abuse lies in the hands of those who use the violence.
- For those who are willing to be part of the counselling programme and to make the changes that are required, a lot of positive outcomes can be achieved.
- Trained professionals will work together with persons who abuse to develop alternative ways of expressing themselves but at the same time ensuring their loved ones are safe. The programme also aims to challenge beliefs that have often contributed to the individuals' use of violence.
For Survivors of Abuse
- Addressing, rather than avoiding, the impact of violence through counselling, is the first step towards getting rid of all the fear, resentment and pain.
- Besides, talking to a trained professional breaks the silence that normally comes with survivors' experience of violence.
- Through the counselling, the survivors work with the professionals towards enhancing their level of safety and developing strategies to cope with the impact of the violence sustained.
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- Children who were victims or witnesses of abuse carry scars of their experiences into adulthood, often seeing the negative consequences of the trauma manifest through lost jobs, troubled intimate relationships, challenges forming trusting relationships and unhealthy coping behaviours.
- Counselling can help children to make sense of what they have experienced. Children also need to know what they can do when they are hurt, fearful or confused.