Domestic Violence

What is it

Domestic violence can manifest as physical, psychological or emotional abuse. Whilst anyone may become a victim of domestic violence the evidence indicates that far more women than men will be victims and that most perpetrators are men. In Australia, 1 in 6 women have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of a partner. In contrast, 1 in 19 Australian men have experienced physical or sexual violence from a partner. Domestic violence can lead to external signs of stress in victims such as behavioural problems, aggression or alcohol use; psychological adjustment issues including depression and anxiety; issues with self-esteem and perceived competence; social adjustment disorders; or diminished quality of family relationships. If left untreated, in some cases victims of domestic violence may develop symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

What it includes

Domestic violence takes many forms. Whilst violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour are obvious examples of domestic violence, it can also include sexual, emotional, psychological, financial, and other forms of abuse. A comprehensive definition would include any behaviour that a partner or family member employs in order to instil fear or to control or dominate a partner or other family members.
Domestic violence can affect intimate partnerships and whole families. Children who are not directly subjected to domestic violence but who witness it between other family members are also victims due to the emotional and psychological damage that can result from exposure to violent or abusive behaviour. 

What we do

If you are experiencing domestic violence, either as a victim or a perpetrator, a psychological intervention may assist in the development of coping strategies, in supporting the decision to leave an abusive relationship or family environment, or in developing anger management strategies. Psychologists possess skills in providing a range of relevant therapies, which may include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Assertiveness Training and anger management skills training. Recent evidence suggests that couples’ therapy may be effective in some cases of domestic violence, depending on the potential for aggression or violence within the therapy session.

Our Practitioners

Bernadette Sharry

"Associate Psychologist (Special Interest in Child & Family)"

Bernadette has appointments available at Nundah on Saturdays. To book an appointment please call KCPsych on (07) 3256 6320 or book online now. A profile on Bernadette is coming soon. Please call KCPsy...

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Dr Bronwyn Massavelli

"Senior Clinical Psychologist"

Dr Bronwyn Massavelli, Clinical Psychologist B.Psych Sc (Hons 1), M.Clin Psych, PhD (Psychology). MAPS, MCCLIN, MPAIG, MPAWS Dr Bronwyn Massavelli is a registered Clinical Psychologist and provider wi...

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Jasmin Singh

"Endorsed Counselling Psychologist, NDIS Approved Provider (Special Interest in Child & Family)"

Jasmin has completed six years of study at the University of Queensland to attain her registration as a psychologist. She has worked in private practice and in mobile service settings. She presented h...

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Kristie Clarke

"Senior Clinical Psychologist, EMDR Therapist, Neurofeedback Trainer"

Kristie has completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at the University of Newcastle and a Master of Clinical Psychology at the Australian Catholic University. She is a Member of the Australian Ps...

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Dr Peter Gibbon