Whenever possible, find a
counselor who is versed in abuse and battery. Keep in mind that this is a specialized
area. Interview your prospective counselor. Ask if they have specific training
or experience in abuse. Sometimes a well-intended therapist who has little or no
familiarity with the field may think they can handle your case. They cannot. The issues
are radically different than any they have been trained in. Ask this test question: Who is
Patricia Evans? If they cannot tell you about her work, they do not understand abuse.
Your best referral for an abuse counselor is
through your local battered woman's program. These groups can refer you to knowledgeable
counselors who treat victims and abusers.
You can also call your local police department
or Family Court. Many localities have battery programs in place and may have referral
When you do find a counselor, pick an
individual you feel comfortable with! Never, ever forget that you are
Check the Links pages for resources.
This site's fledgling abuse counselor
Do a search.
Call your local domestic violence center.
Call the American Psychological Assoc, or your State