The impact of domestic abuse is far-reaching and complicated. Safe+Sound Somerset empowers survivors, helps children heal and collaborates with the legal system to protect them. We build awareness within our community and talk about the dynamics of the cycle of violence.
Individual and group counseling helps survivors heal from the trauma of domestic abuse. In a supportive environment, survivors use healthy coping strategies and relaxation techniques and begin their journey to a new life, free of abuse.
New clients are encouraged to join a supportive listening group. Participants meet for eight weeks to talk about the dynamics of domestic abuse and the cycle of violence. Facilitated by one of our advocates, this discussion group covers a variety of topics including power and control, healthy boundaries and warning signs of an abusive relationship. English and Spanish groups help participants learn that they are not alone.
Children who witness domestic abuse often develop behavioral issues, learning disabilities and even developmental setbacks. Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are common in these children. They are at higher risk than their peers for alcohol and drug addiction, suicide, becoming abusive and being abused. Our youth programs are designed to help children greatly reduce these risks and to break the cycle of violence.
Our youth counselors are highly trained in a variety of proven methods to help these children heal, build coping skills, express feelings appropriately and explore healthy relationships. Creative arts, music, play and verbal therapies are applied in a safe setting to individuals and age appropriate groups.
Parenting is never easy. Parenting children who have witnessed abuse is very challenging. Our advocates work with individual parents and facilitate parenting groups to help them address their children’s needs. Topics include guilt, fear, trust, safety and discipline.
Family therapy is offered to families in crisis who want to learn how to cope with issues together. It can help change family dynamics, heal relationships, build trust and improve communication between parents and children.