Dealing with Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can affect anyone of any age or gender. Whether it's physical or psychological, domestic abuse is destructive for both the battered and the batterer. Its tendency to be passed down over generations makes it all the more important that we develop effective methods for combating abuse.

Recent posts on Domestic Violence

Me Too!

The original questions of feminist psychotherapy have finally become public questions for us all. Why did it take so long?

Invest in Research to Understand Gun Violence

We must invest in research about gun violence to answer key questions. What motivates people to acquire guns? What groups and subgroups are at greater risk of being victimized?

How Are African Americans Doing? I: Violence and Segregation

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Addiction in Society
African Americans' status has deteriorated over the last 50 years, while whites strive to isolate themselves from black problems. Liberals do so while denying this segregation.

Say Something, I’m Giving Up On You

By Sara Gluck, PhD, LCSW on October 04, 2017 in Do Your Own Think
If you love someone who has survived the burning flames of physical or emotional abuse, he or she may need your help in order to learn how to trust again.

How Who You Date (or Marry) Could Put You at Risk

By Carol A. Lambert, MSW on September 29, 2017 in Mind Games
The majority of women who are murdered are killed by an intimate partner such as a spouse, boyfriend, or lover.

Are Narcissists More Likely to Be Abusive?

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
The public's understanding of narcissism is growing, and many people see how it can be a challenging trait in a partner. But does it increase the likelihood of abuse? Read on.

Toxic Relationships

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in Towards Recovery
Toxic relationships are sometimes unavoidable. Be aware of the signs and symptoms related to a toxic relationship.

Immigrant Muslim Couples and Domestic Violence

By Lisa Aronson Fontes Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Invisible Chains
Non-Muslims are often uncertain how to help Muslim victims of intimate partner violence. Parveen Ali, Ph.D., advocates for greater understanding and activism to keep women safe.

Violence Comes in Many Forms

he dictionary defines violence as “injurious physical force, action or treatment intended to inflict harm.” The most important word in this definition is “intended"...

The Underrecognized Victims of Trafficking: Deaf Women

Human traffickers often target more vulnerable victims who are less inclined to report abuse. One such group includes women who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Interview with Rene Denfeld, Author of "The Child Finder"

By Jennifer Haupt on September 19, 2017 in One True Thing
"It’s a myth that healing is something we must do internally, all by ourselves. Healing is the great gift we can give each other."
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Warning: You or Your Spouse May Be Addicted to Criticism

Can people be addicted to criticism in the same way they can be addicted to alcohol?

Managing Sexual Harassment and Violence On Campus

Understanding Title IX and Clery is a professional imperative. Learn the procedures to correctly handle sexual assault and violent behavior on campus.

Sexual Assault on Campus, Part 2

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Social Lights
More strategies for students and parents.

I'm Not Sure If I Should Break Up With My Girlfriend

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on September 04, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
How To Handle A Relationship With A Depressed Partner

Six Signs of Intimate Partner Harm

By Carol A. Lambert, MSW on August 30, 2017 in Mind Games
Psychological abuse endangers women with “hidden injuries,” targeting her thoughts, feelings, and perceptions.

Domestic Violence: Power and Rank Dynamics

Being unaware of power dynamics, leads many to blame and shame the victims of domestic violence. Understanding these dynamics empowers us to bear loving witness.

What Are the Roots of Distress Among Refugees?

Research is changing the way we address the mental health needs of refugees.

Help Rejecting, Complaining Victims of Troublesome Spouses

How should you respond to a friend who is always complaining to you about their mate, but rejects any suggestion you make to them about how to handle their relationship?

If I Can't Have You, No One Can

How can we predict who will kill someone s/he once loved? Look at the dark clouds in the relationship to predict storms after a breakup.

My Mother Has Disliked Me Since Childhood

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
How To Deal With A Mother Who Is Full of Anger.

Beware: On a First Date, Red Flags Can Look Red Hot

Beware dangerous liaisons. On a first date, exciting, assertive people perceived as desirable might be dangerous. Get to know prospective partners before getting involved.

When Words Can Kill

The power of words can traumatize and ultimately lead to suicide, or they positively lead to healing. Here's how.

Two Types of Relationship Aggression Identified

Is impossible for couples to avoid arguments but new research on long-term relationships suggests that some forms are more damaging than others. Here’s how to avoid the bad kind.

A Feminist Critique of Marriage

By Neel Burton M.D. on August 04, 2017 in Hide and Seek
At a time of unparalleled social freedom, can we imagine a better way of living?

What The Handmaid's Tale Can Teach Us About Coerced Women

By Carol A. Lambert, MSW on July 18, 2017 in Mind Games
Current attention to women's rights begs us to address what's behind closed doors.

If Gandhi Was Your Marriage Therapist

Research has found that Gandhi's principles of fairness, peace, and principled protest can also change your love life.

Long-Term Effects of Violence Toward Animals by Youngsters

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Encouraging youngsters to kill other animals can have devastating and enduring effects. A phenomenon called "the link" should concern New Zealanders as they wage war on wildlife.

Gaslighting: How it Manipulates Relationships

How gaslighting controls, dominates, and exploits relationships.

Trauma-Informed Care and Why It Matters

Individuals’ coping reactions to trauma remain poorly understood, even by many of the people who are in the best positions to offer support and treatment to victims.