Working with Domestic Abuse

All Relate Counsellors are trained to understand domestic abuse and the impact of it upon relationships.  If you are affected by domestic abuse, you can talk to us about it.

In 2017, the ONS estimated 1.9 million adults aged 16 to 59 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year, equating to a prevalence rate of approximately 6 in 100 adults. Women were more likely to have experienced domestic abuse than men (7.5% compared with 4.3%). This equates to an estimated 1.2 million female victims and 713,000 male victims.

Within this context Relate offer the following:

Couple Work

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, Relate will need to understand the level and extent of abuse within the relationship as it may be unsafe to work with both parties. You may be asked to complete seperate structured interviews with your counseller and they will determine whether ongoing counselling can continue. Couple work can not be guaranteed until this process has been undertaken. We must do this to ensure that couple work can happen openly and safely, for all parties involved.

Victim/Survivor Work

Relate can work individually with survivors of domestic abuse and provide services in partnership with different organisations throughout the county.

To arrange an appointment, please telephone 01604 634400.

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