Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

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Choosing a Therapist: Suggestions for Domestic Violence Victims

Some therapists understand domestic violence and some don’t. Some don’t, but think they do.

Therapists who understand domestic violence will:
A therapist does not understand domestic violence if they:

If it becomes clear to you in the first couple of sessions that the therapist does not understand domestic violence, doesn’t empathize with your situation, or blames you for it, try someone else. It’s not your job to educate them about domestic violence.

On the other hand, if you have a therapist who has been helpful to you in other ways and with whom you already have a good relationship, you might decide that it’s worth continuing with them. It’s up to you.