In the United States, domestic violence against women are increasing at an alarming rate. According a study approximately 201,294 women are raped over a 12-month period and 1.3 million are physically abused by their romantic partner. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines domestic violence as physical, sexual, or emotion/psychological abuse as well as threats of violence between two people in a close relationship. It exists along a continuum from a single episode of violence to ongoing battering. Effective treatment and standard of care are necessary for victims of domestic violence as research has shown that such violence can have long-term effects on the physical and emotional well-being of the individual. One report found that an estimate of $8.3 billion was spent on the medical and mental health care of victims of physical and sexual assault. It was also noted that victims of this type of violence lose 8 million days of paid work and 5.6 million days of household productivity on average every year. According to the finding of the National Violence Against Women survey domestic violence is the most common type of violence against women. This survey found that 7.7 percent of women were sexually abused and 22.1 percent were physically assaulted by either a current or former domestic partner at some point in their lives. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to focus on a treatment program that may be useful for women who are victims of domestic violent. In the next section, we will examine the effectiveness of group therapy as a treatment option for women have been victims of domestic violence.
Effectiveness of Group Therapy
Research has found that group therapy can be useful means for treatment with a population of women who have endured domestic violence. (cite) stated that “outpatient groups are often a useful adjunct to individual psychotherapy as the woman can learn from others experiences as well as their own. Group therapy is a share therapeutic experience that involves the presence of a trained professional and others who are working through similar issues.
Group therapy is offered to help an individual address a variety of issues and reach a range of therapeutic goals. Some of the topics addressed include domestic violence, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Survivors of domestic violence often face symptoms of post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and have trouble maintaining personal relationships. Group therapy addresses these issues and it helps normalize survivor’s feelings and provide them with a network of support. This is important as survivors of domestic violence frequently feel isolated and believe they are unique in being subjected to the trauma of abuse.
Group therapy offers a variety of benefits. It is a powerful therapeutic tool for abuse survivors. Group therapy provides an opportunity for recovery and developing self-awareness in the context of relationships...