How to become a Domestic Violence Counselor

Domestic violence involves physical, emotional, mental, and even financial abuse of a person by their intimate partner. A domestic violence counselor is a person who gives counsel to people who have or are currently suffering through domestic violence. The counselor helps these victims to walk away from domestic abusive relationships. The primary goal of this kind of counseling is to teach the victims to live successfully on their own. Victims of domestic violence often experience cycles of violent relationships in their lives. For Instance, children who have experienced abuse in their lives tend to become victims of a series of abusive relationships. Other children grow to become propellers of abuse in their relationships. Victims of abuse are often unable to function normally in the society as they carry on their shoulders the burden of the abuse they endured in the past. These victims find it difficult to establish healthy relationships. A domestic violence counselor will strive to help these victims to develop self-esteem. They also teach them how to identify red flags in relationships and always behave in acceptable levels of assertiveness.

  The duties of a domestic violence counselor also include conducting intake and exit interviews. 

A domestic violence counselor is responsible for providing group as well as individual counseling to people who are victims of domestic violence. There are domestic violence counselors who are responsible for running support groups that are formed to help victims’ of domestic violence. Some of the patients may need to be referred to other specialists to get other kinds of help that they may need.

A domestic violence counselor has to choose whether they will specialize in working with the victims of domestic violence or whether they will be working with the perpetrators of domestic violence. This kind of specialization ensures efficiency in the counseling process.

 A domestic violence counselor has to have an undergraduate degree in social work, counseling, or psychology, and they should also have some practical experience in the practice 

In conclusion, with the above stated qualifications one can become a domestic violence counsellor. However, one also needs to have the passion to fulfil all the duties stated above.


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