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Mental Health Care for Intimate Partner Violence

A person may perform this brutality on another to authenticate control in any relationship. It can be defined as any behavioral pattern which may harm the other person physically, sexually, financially, emotionally, or psychologically. According to WHO, IPV is the most common form of mistreatment amongst couples.
According to studies, there is generally a bidirectional relationship between mental health and domestic violence. It links to several outcomes in terms of mental health. These may include depression, PTSD, suicidal thoughts, substance misuse, and the development of psychotic symptoms.
Thus, you must reach out to a trusted provider if you have or are experiencing abuse at home. That can assist you to secure your mental well-being.
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A Quick Overview

Domestic violence is characterized by a series of acts committed repeatedly by one partner in an intimate relationship to exert control over the other. Controlling and violent conduct form a significant part of the assault. It can include intimate partner violence, emotional manipulation, financial exploitation, verbal abuse, and physical assault threats.

While many states have laws for this, some are more limiting than others. Some nations only classify physical abuse as violence. But this narrow definition can make people doubt whether they are being mistreated. It's also important to note that this is not gender-specific. All people can be the survivors of such assault.

Being in an abusive relationship is one of the most horrifying things you can go through. You have the right to end a relationship when violent indicators are present or when the threat escalates to a dangerous level. However, this might not be easy. Sometimes, you may need help from a professional. Counseling and therapy can offer you support and hope.

Types of Abuse

Any demeaning behavior towards an individual can be considered assault. Listed below are the most common ones.
Physical Abuse: This is the most common form. Any physical abuse of force on a victim that causes bodily injury may get classified under this category. It can include slapping, pushing, stabbing, shooting, choking, etc.
Sexual Abuse: Any sexual activity forced without the partner's consent can be considered IPV. We as a society may often dismiss and outlook this form of assault. However, it is a grave and barbaric act. Irrespective of gender, any unwanted touch or degrading comment could be sexual abuse.
Emotional Abuse: Humiliation and criticism to ruin the person's self-worth and confidence may come under emotional abuse. It may lead to feelings of self-loathing in the victim. For many, it can be challenging to comprehend emotional trauma. They may be unable to figure out if they need to reach out to someone. It could be because emotional abuse is not labeled as domestic violence unless combined with another form of brutality.
Psychological Abuse: Emotional blackmailing, committing terrifying acts, and intimidating or anxiety-provoking behavior with the intent to hurt the victim may come under psychological abuse. It can also include actions like blocking the victim from meeting someone, emotional harassment, and threatening their life.
Financial Abuse: This abuse can involve withholding funds, managing all household expenditures alone, or excluding the spouse from financial decisions. Financial exploitation can happen to anyone.

Common Signs

It could be challenging to define this situation. It may be complex to understand the problem and whether what you are facing classifies as abuse or not. However, knowing the common signs may help you identify your situation. Listed below are a few you might see.
  • Uncontrolled possessiveness
  • Constant humiliation and mistreatment
  • Controlling or pressurizing behavior
  • Keeping you away from family or friends out of insecurity or jealousy
  • Anger issues or hurtful nature
  • Lack of consideration for your needs

Services and Support for Survivors

There are organizations and mobile applications that can now assist you in seeking counseling for abuse experienced at home. These include:
  • SNEHA: This non-profit organization aims to reduce incidents of gender-based assault and help survivors through therapy sessions.

    Phone Number: +917208080228
    Email Id: [email protected]

  • Shakti Shalini: This organization works with communities to prevent everyday abuse in all sections of society.

    Phone Number: 011-24372437

  • National Commission for Women (NCW), Delhi is an Indian national organization that serves the welfare of women. A survivor of gender-based assault can complain about the abuser and seek aid or counseling by reaching out to the organization. The contact details are below:

    Contact No: 011-26944880 or 011-26940148
    Email ID: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
    WhatsApp: +91-7217735372

  • Apnalaya, an organization in Mumbai, works with the most underprivileged communities. Apnalaya is a service provider designated by the government under the Domestic Violence Act of 2005. Its numerous programs provide therapy and support group sessions. They also provide training for community counselors and awareness on these topics to assist victims of abuse and family conflict.

    Contact No: +91-22-23539752 / 9833041074
    Email ID: [email protected]
Apart from these, many NGOs are working in this field. Find out about them here.
Counseling to heal from the trauma is highly beneficial. These providers support you in understanding the nature of the assault, dealing with situations, and gathering confidence to leave the abusive partner.
You can find a comprehensive list of more organizations and their contact details here.

What are the Benefits of Seeking Help for IPV?

The most significant benefit of seeking help is that it can clear your thought process. It can also empower you to be decisive and help you leave an abusive relationship. A few other benefits are:
  • The nature and pattern of abuse are different in all relationships. Hence counseling can assist you in learning about the facts and patterns in the relationship.
  • Group sessions are one of the best ways of counseling. This is because, in a group, you can interact with another survivor and know you are not alone. You may also come across people who have left abusive relationships to lead happier lives. It could give you courage and hope. It may help to have a community of supporters.
  • After leaving an abusive relationship, therapeutics help you devise an action plan for future safety with the support of your healthcare providers. Professionals can aid you in protecting yourself in every possible way and provide required knowledge of legal actions if needed.
  • Every abuse survivor has a different recovery journey from their trauma. Survivor's therapy provides you with a place to voice out your traumatic emotions and heal emotionally.
    In many cases, survivors start holding negative beliefs about themselves. Therapy could be beneficial in minimizing demeaning or negative feelings that you may have about yourself.

Get Treatment From a Licensed Therapist Who’s Right For You

If you are in immediate danger, you should call the police or a security hotline. You must then seek shelter to get away from your abusive partner. The right therapist will then help you recover from the trauma and address the issues.
The right therapist is the one with whom you can establish a bond. That will make it easy for you to open up in front of them about your issues. But it may take some time to build that bond with the therapist. You need to be patient and give it some time.
If you struggle to form a connection in 3-4 sessions, you can switch to other therapists. You can find a list of various therapists on our website. You can easily choose from the different specialists depending on their qualities and specializations.

Schedule a Virtual Psychotherapy Appointment with a Counsellor Today

If it is becoming unbearable for you and you have struggled from this distressing feeling without voicing it out, then you should seek help from a therapist. We at DocVita have various specialists from different fields to assist you in better managing and coping with your stress. All you need to do is go on the DocVita website and book your session.