Domestic abuse therapy is needed now more than ever because of the increasing prevalence of domestic violence. According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), an estimated 2.4 million adults experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2022. This is a prevalence rate of approximately 5 in 100 adults. Whilst closer to home, according to the Cornwall Council, there were 2,232 cases of domestic abuse reported in Cornwall in 2021. This is an increase of 14% from 2020.
Domestic abuse can take many forms, including physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and financial abuse. Physical abuse can include hitting, slapping, kicking, or choking. Emotional abuse can include name-calling, put-downs, and threats. Financial abuse can include controlling access to money or property, and psychological abuse can include tactics such as gas lighting.
Within the UK there are a number of initiatives underway to address the issue, including:
Increased investment in domestic violence services
Improved training for professionals who work with victims of domestic abuse
Public awareness campaigns
Changes to the law
These initiatives are important steps in the fight against domestic abuse. However, more needs to be done to ensure that victims of domestic abuse have access to the support they need and that those who cause abuse are held accountable for their actions.
For many clients who come to WAVES, healing from the experience of domestic abuse can be a difficult and challenging process, but one that is restorative and offers the client the means to make changes within their everyday life, and to live a life that is fulfilling and positive - the journey is important.
WAVES has an ethos that regardless of your gender, sexuality, ethnicity, disability or psychological assessment that we will do all we can to provide a therapeutic intervention to all in need, and although our waiting times can be long, the service and our volunteers will continue to work hard to see everyone who comes to WAVES as soon as possible.
To date WAVES has received over 6,000 referrals into the service, people within Cornwall who are all seeking therapy for current abuse, or historical abuse, and for this reason WAVES welcomes any funding it receives and is appreciative for all the donations given which go a long way to supporting the Cornish community.
Domestic abuse therapy can help victims of domestic violence to recover from the trauma of their abuse. Therapy can provide a safe and supportive environment where victims can talk about their experiences and learn coping mechanisms. Therapy can also help victims to develop self-esteem and empowerment.
Domestic abuse therapy is an important part of the healing process for victims of domestic violence. It can help victims to recover from the trauma of their abuse and rebuild their lives.
Here are some of the benefits of domestic abuse therapy:
Helps survivors to process their trauma. Therapy can help survivors to understand and cope with the trauma of their abuse. Therapy can provide a safe space for survivors to talk about their experiences and to learn how to manage their emotions.
Helps survivors to develop coping mechanisms. Therapy can help survivors to develop coping mechanisms and strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety. Therapy can also help survivors to learn how to set boundaries and to protect themselves from further abuse.
Helps survivors to build self-esteem and empowerment. Therapy can help survivors to build self-esteem and empowerment. Therapy can help survivors to recognize their strengths and to develop a positive sense of self-worth.
Helps survivors to improve their relationships. Therapy can help survivors to improve their relationships with their families and friends. Therapy can help survivors to learn how to communicate effectively and to resolve conflict in a healthy way.
Helps survivors to develop a plan for safety and security. Therapy can help survivors to develop a plan for safety and security. Therapy can help survivors to identify resources and to develop a safety plan in the event of future abuse.
There are also many organizations that offer domestic violence services in the UK. These organizations can provide support, counselling, and legal assistance to victims of domestic violence. Some examples of organizations that offer domestic violence services include Safer Futures, Refuge, Women's Aid, and the National Centre for Domestic Violence.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, please know that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you. Please reach out for help if you need it.
If you reside in Cornwall and have experienced domestic abuse, or are currently experiencing abuse, you can refer yourself via our website at www.wavescounsellingproject.com.
Would you like to help WAVES to see more clients? For the price of a cup of coffee you could help someone to begin their journey with us sooner, to donate or for more information please visit: https://www.wavescounsellingproject.com/donate.