This paper analyses the phenomenon of domestic violence as well as the counseling process of women, who have the experience of it.
Domestic violence is defined as any physical, sexual or psychological violence exacted by the former or current spouse or partner, as well as members of his family. Violence in the family may be manifested in forms such as psychological violence, economic exploitation, physical and sexual abuse often on the part of the husband to the woman.
The literature has shown that feminist, cognitive-behavioral counseling and couple counseling seem to be more commonly used in the abuse management. This research has a tendency towards feminist counseling, as it is an approach that focuses more on violence and abuse. This issue is placed in a social context, studying issues of relationships’ inequality from a perceptive of women being controlled and manipulated by their husband.
The purpose of this research is to proclaim the knowledge and experience of counselors and social workers working in abused women’s advisory units. Through counselors’ experience, the phenomenon of domestic violence (indications and course of violence, repercussions, abuse’s explanation) and the counseling process of abused women (goals, functions, techniques and counselors’ role) is described.
The methodology used was the qualitative thematic analysis, which was conducted via counselor interviews. Decoding their utterance led to the categorisation of data and then to their analysis.The thesis closes with some conclusions about the research findings.
abused woman, domestic violence, abusive husband, counseling, feminist counselling, cognitive behavioral counseling, couple counseling,