This year we were able to serve a young man affected by domestic violence in his home. This young man’s father had recently returned from military service in Iraq. The effects of war caused his father to suffer from severe PTSD, which often presented as “black- out” rage episodes where his father would physically and verbally abuse him and his mother.
The mother contacted our office searching for help for the whole family. We were able to offer therapy services for the young man through our United Way funding. This young man connected very well with our therapist, and has over time been able to better understand the effects of PTSD on people. More importantly, he learned the skills necessary to move forward and heal from the devastating effects of violence perpetrated by a parent. This young man responded very favorably to therapy and continues to exhibit resiliency.
Additionally, we were able to refer the father to Veteran’s services and get the mother connected to supportive services. We are thankful that we were able to have a positive effect on the whole family.
Often when people think of our services they assume that we only serve women. We serve anyone who is affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, or victims of crime.