Domestic Violence Counseling

Domestic violence counseling for both victims and offenders. Utilizing the Deluth Model with counselors trained to promote safety and responsibility.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abuse that typically increases in severity over time.  This pattern of abuse does not necessarily have to include physical violence.  Verbal and emotional abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion, economic and sexual abuse, isolation and minimization, denying, and blaming are all tactics used by batterers to gain power and control over their partners.

Domestic violence occurs in every community and its victims belong to all races, cultures, religions, sexual orientations, educational backgrounds, and socio-economic levels. Family violence affects every member of the family including the children.  Children who witness domestic violence in their home are at a higher risk for abuse and neglect themselves.

At Bedford Behavioral Health, we utilize the Duluth Model Approach in our Violence Intervention Programs (VIP) for both men and women.  The groups are facilitated by a trained facilitator who is a Master’s level therapist.  Domestic violence counseling is available for victims and offenders.

Goals for VIP:

  • To promote safety for victims and their children.
  • To promote accountability on the part of the abuser.
  • To educate participants about the dynamics of domestic violence and its effect on children.
  • To instill in participates that battering is a choice and it is against the law.

The Duluth Model’s structured curriculum addresses the following topics:

  • Physical Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Respect
  • Victim Isolation
  • Minimizing, Denying, and Blaming
  • Using Children vs. Responsible Parenting
  • Male Privilege
  • Economic Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Coercion and Threats

Bedford Behavioral Health can help you whether you are a victim or offender of domestic violence.  Contact  734-807-0162 or for more information regarding fees and scheduling.