The Role Of Intimate Partner Violence And Who Does It Affect?

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What is Intimate Partner Violence and who does it affect? According to Wilcoxon, Remley, and Gladding (2013), “Domestic violence or intimate partner violence (IPV) have emerged in the professional literature as descriptors of chronic as well as episodic patterns of abuse, ranging from harsh criticism to aggressive brutality, between adults in intimate relationships” (p.105). IPV does not discriminate, it refers to both married and unmarried individuals. This type of violence affects men, woman, and children. Data provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 2009) states that approximately 5 million IPV incidents are reported annually in the United States (Wilcoxcon et al., 2013). While approximately 5 million incidents are reported,…show more content…
When individuals are faced with life altering experiences and struggles in life, they often turn to a therapist, with the hope of being able to find direction in life, or help to alleviate their burdens. This is not an easy task, therefore, therapists must be equipped with knowledge that stems further than theories. Therapists must not only be empathetic, but must also be aware of ethics and its importance in the counseling field. This is important especially when confronted with patients who are going through IPV. It is very important that a therapist follow legal and ethical guidelines with patients at all times. Not following these guidelines can lead to negative consequences for the patient and therapist. Ethical guidelines consist of subject matter from confidentiality, ethical decision making, client welfare, to the duty to protect (Wilcoxcon et al., 2013). The definitive goal in the therapy process is to help the patient, not harm the patient. Although ethical guidelines are constructed in order to provide Marriage and Family Therapists with a set of “rules” to follow, some therapists are finding these guidelines not as succinct. This seems to be the case, especially when it comes to the topic of IPV. Several questions come into play when a Marriage and Family Therapist receives patients who are in the office for counseling and IPV is a factor. What do you do? Do you treat them separately? Who is the primary patient? Do you
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