Counseling ABQ

Domestic Violence Survivor Classes

Domestic violence, or intimate partner violence (IPV), is a public health problem that affects millions of people in the US each year. Counseling ABQ’s Domestic Violence Survivor classes are for you if you have left an abusive relationship, are considering leaving, or need more information before you can decide what your next move is. In these 10-week psychoeducation classes, we will provide you with the information you need in a nonjudgmental manner to help you make sense of what is or was going on in your relationship.

Domestic Violence Survivor Classes at Counseling ABQ

This course covers the following topics:

  • What is domestic violence?
  • Creating a safety plan
  • Cycle of abuse
  • Build your self-esteem
  • Identify and prioritize your wants, needs, and rights
  • Understand your emotions
  • Gain a better understanding of assertiveness
  • Understand how to maintain safety while being assertive
  • Learn to assert boundaries
  • Identify the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships

Common Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Domestic Violence Classes

  1. Minimize negative Beliefs about yourself.
  2. Learning the Pattern of Abuse in the Relationship
  3. Normalize the Survivor’s Feelings
  4. Development of a Safety Plan
1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. It’s likely you do know someone who has or is experiencing domestic violence. Shame creates hidden secrets. If you feel shame, it’s time to get help and understand fully that this is not your fault. Ever.
Counseling ABQ classes are designed to help men and women. Domestic abuse is not limited to violence. Emotional and verbal abuse can be just as damaging. As a male, your spouse or partner may: Verbally abuse you, belittle you, or humiliate you in front of friends, family, or on social media. Be possessive, act jealous, or harass you with accusations of being unfaithful. Take away your car keys or medications, and try to control where you go and who you see. Try to control how you spend money or deliberately default on joint financial obligations. Make false allegations about you to your friends, employer, or the police, or find other ways to manipulate and isolate you. Threaten to leave you and prevent you from seeing your kids if you report the abuse.
Psychoeducational classes can be difficult because they may stir up memories and feelings that seem overwhelming. Talking about your feelings and telling your story can help. Talk to your counselor about receiving additional counseling that you can attend weekly along with your domestic survivor classes.