Society's understanding of domestic violence—referred to increasingly as intimate partner violence (IPV)—has expanded dramatically in recent years. Today, we better understand the scope of the problem, and our methods of treating victims of IPV are more nuanced and effective. There also is increased collaboration among agencies, law enforcement and caregivers.
However, despite these advancements, the problem of IPV remains both immense and pernicious—devastating on an individual, family and community level.
CalSouthern academic advisor and faculty mentor Dr. Gia Hamilton has worked with victims of IPV for more than a dozen years, with a wide variety of populations. She recently participated in an interesting panel discussion—sponsored by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists' Orange County chapter—that brought together a fascinating variety of perspectives on IPV. Included on the panel was a law enforcement officer from a domestic abuse response team, the director of a domestic violence shelter and a young man who lived in a shelter with his mother (a victim of IPV), as well as Dr. Hamilton, who offered a therapist's point of view.
In this podcast, Dr. Hamilton outlines the issues that arose during the panel discussion. She also discusses her own work in IPV, emerging treatment strategies and—of special interest to those interested in practicing in the field—some of the specific challenges and rewarding aspects of the work.
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