Atlanta Domestic Violence Counseling
Many times domestic violence and sexual abuse go hand-in-hand. As a result, victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse share many of the same challenges and traits. Children who are the victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse learn from a very young age that the world is not a safe place. They often feel stuck in their situation and create the reality they think they deserve. Because children feel shame and have low self-esteem, they may start believing that they deserve the abuse they are getting. Unfortunately, children who are victims of domestic violence are more at risk for getting involved in abusive relationships or for becoming abusers themselves.
Treating Survivors of Domestic Violence in Georgia
Many survivors of domestic violence were not taught effective living skills as children. This can make it very difficult for them to effectively parent their own children. They have trouble parenting their own children because they have never been exposed to a functional and loving model of parenthood. They may also encounter problems with personal relationships.
The emotional damage caused by domestic violence and sexual abuse can lead to psychosomatic illnesses such as ulcers, migraines and panic attacks. It can also lead to sleep disorders, alcohol and drug dependency, rage, fear and phobias, codependency, eating disorders and even post-traumatic stress disorder.
Both domestic violence and sexual abuse are highly complex issues with many ramifications, and counseling requires highly specialized skills and insight to optimize recovery. If you have been the victim of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse, contact our Atlanta Domestic Violence Counseling Specialists today to begin your journey to emotional health and to get more information about The Rest of The Journey recovery retreats.
Dr. Karen McDonald
Dr. Karen McDonald is the author of Racheal’s Rest’s BLOGS. These BLOGS are thoughts, tools and experiences that Karen wanted to share with you and are in no way “counseling”. If you, or someone you know, has been the victim of sexual abuse, sex trafficking and/or domestic violence issues, contact us today to get more information about Racheal’s Rest private counseling, workshops and retreats to begin your journey to emotional health.