Help For Domestic Violence

Domestic violence 9-1-1 calls are on the rise in the wake of social distancing required by COVID-19.

The combination of collective trauma that we are so helpless to defend ourselves against and is threatening so many people’s financial security makes the power and control cycle of domestic violence more likely.

If you are suffering right now and need help,

call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

However, if you experienced domestic violence in the past and need some help recovering, Hope For The Journey has experienced clinicians able to provide online therapy immediately to help you not only get through the current crisis, but to heal completely from the past.


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What is Domestic Violence?

When there is a cycle of power and control in your relationship, you may be in an interpersonal violence relationship. This doesn’t have to be with someone you live. Dating relationships count, too.

Domestic violence relationships often show signs of the following:

  • Threats to hurt you or the people you care about
  • Humiliation–especially in front of others
  • Threats to hurt you or commit suicide if you leave
  • Criticism or blame for everything that goes wrong
  • Controlling your access to money
  • Controlling the decision-making
  • Controlling your time and what you do
  • Put downs, name-calling, making you feel like you’re crazy
  • Destruction of property or abusing pets
  •  Physical force like hitting, kicking, punches, pushing, choking…even if it just happened once
  • Forcing or coercing you to have sex

You Got Out. Why Can’t You “Just Get Over It“?

Getting out of the relationship is huge. It takes guts because this is often the most dangerous point in an interpersonal violence relationship. You should feel proud, and unfortunately, the hard work is not over quite yet.

Now you have to learn to live with it. Learn from it. Figure out how to find healthy relationships and learn to trust again.

These things are hard–especially because the memories themselves can be so difficult.


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How We Help For Domestic Violence

We help you heal the memories, believe in yourself again, and put the pieces back together.

Relationships come on a spectrum…from healthy to unhealthy to abusive. Learning where you have fallen on the spectrum in the past can help you to move closer to the healthy side of the spectrum in the future. But to get there, you have to be able to talk about what happened in the first place.

So, we help you first turn down the volume of the memories.

It may feel impossible to ever feel calm and curious about the terrible things that have happened to you. But calm and curious are the best ways to learn. Fortunately, there are a lot of really great, short-term treatment options available to make this possible. Our clinicians are constantly honing their skills to bring a variety of options to get you to calm and curious.

Once the memories are no longer triggering, we help you break down what happened so you can really understand how you got into this situation.

Then, we explore ways that you can protect yourself in the future. This doesn’t mean you caused what happened. Instead, it means that there are always red flags in unhealthy and abusive relationships. Once you know how to spot them and are strong enough to act, you can weed out the bad apples quickly and spend your energy building strong, healthy relationships.

What To Expect From Domestic Violence Counseling

Counseling is what you make of it. The first step is making sure you have a therapist that you like and feel confident in. That’s why all our counselors constantly work to hone their skills to give you the most effective, up-to-date treatment options available.

You matter. Your needs, wants and likes are important–especially in counseling. Some agencies have a cookie cutter method to treatment. At Hope For The Journey, we know that your treatment needs to be as individual as you. So, we work to make sure we are meeting your needs from start to finish. And if not, we want to hear from you so we can make the adjustments needed.

We offer both individual and group counseling options based on the current needs of our clients.

Individual counseling can be anywhere from 8-12 sessions or longer for more complex clinical needs. Group counseling is a more affordable option and gives you the benefit of being supported not just by your counselor, but also by people who have been in through similar experiences. It can be very powerful to be surrounded by people who really “get it”.

We work with adults and children who have witnessed domestic violence. And, of course, if you need both, we have you covered there, too. Adult typically work through the experience and then learn to re-engage in life–start dating again, for example, if that’s something you are ready for. Children typically work through the experience and need to understand that what happened is not their fault.

A Skilled Domestic Violence Counselor Makes All The Difference

If you want to know more or are ready to get started, we want to make the process as simple as possible.

Click on the button below to access our online calendar for a free 15-minute telephone consultation, to leave a message for us, or to call right now. You can also select the Client Portal option and just skip straight to scheduling an appointment–again all online so even if you are seeing this in the middle of the night, you can act now.

Wherever you are in the process, you don’t have to do this alone. We are here for you.

Kori Stauffacher     Julie Nachman


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1101 Satellite View #501
Round Rock, TX 78665

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