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“I remember the day clearly…I was totally stuck in a rut and felt completely alone at this point in my life. I was pulling into the grocery store parking lot when I got the call from SAFEHOME about a counseling appointment. This marked the first time in a long time that it felt like someone not only cared, but heard and saw me.” – Adrianne

While most physical scars will fade, the emotional scars can be hard to heal. Abuse at anyone’s hands often leaves a victim with questions as to what they did to “deserve” it. When abuse comes from the person who’s supposed to love them the most, the feelings of self-blame grow stronger. Victims of domestic violence need information, guidance and support in deciding how they want to face this issue in their life. Many find it hard to talk to family or friends. Many feel alone and isolated. Most just want the violence to stop. SAFEHOME offers individual, family and group counseling for adults, teens and children who are affected by the issue of domestic violence.

Counseling is available free to persons from the community and those who live in SAFEHOME’s shelter.

Individual Counseling is offered to women and men in both heterosexual and same sex relationships who have experienced domestic violence. The therapist and client will work together to make a plan that will likely include:

“I thought it was my fault…” – Samuel, age 7

Child and Family Counseling is offered to children and families who have experienced or been exposed to domestic violence. Therapists utilize a variety of modalities including:

Healing is facilitated through individual child therapy, family therapy or group therapy.

Group Counseling provides a supportive setting for battered women to escape the isolation of an abusive relationship. Understanding that you are not alone is a first step. The group leader helps and encourages the group members to learn from one another and to give and receive support. Battered women find strength and affirmation in the group process; they practice using learned skills in making decisions and solving problems. Some group leaders use art and play to help members express confusing feelings. Groups are both short and long term.

“So many parts of me were forgotten. Through SAFEHOME I learned I could stop searching for those parts and focus on finding the space to feel safe. Before I realized it, those parts all found me and are being restored each week through counseling.”- Mindy

Latina Counseling Services are offered to Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence and their children. The Latina Counseling program focuses on providing linguistically and culturally-specific services and is available to Spanish-speaking victims regardless of their immigration status. The program offers individual, family and group counseling with a Spanish-speaking therapist.

Victims of Domestic Violence with Disabilities often face additional barriers to safety. The person who is abusing them may also be their principle caretaker. Their disability might make it more difficult for them to communicate, to get around, or get their basic needs met. People with disabilities often stay in abusive situations longer and that they are more likely to be sexually abused if they are female. SAFEHOME counseling services address the additional barriers disabled clients may face. The Counseling Program is committed to working towards removing barriers for victims with disabilities seeking services from SAFEHOME and seeking safety from abuse.

For more information about SAFEHOME’s counseling program, please contact Lori via e-mail or by phone at 913.378.1562.