Dynamics of Domestic Abuse

The Men’s Resource Center of West Michigan works to help human service professionals more clearly understand the dynamics of domestic violence including the scope, gender issues, and typologies, so that they can be more effective in their work to intervene and end domestic abuse.

Domestic violence was put on the clinical map by the Battered Women’s Movement of the ‘70s and ‘80s. This was an important and crucial movement, but it in some contexts it forwarded a “one-size-fits-all” approach. That approach no longer applies as the field of domestic violence has evolved.

A new understanding of domestic abuse

The new consensus is that domestic abuse has a varied scope. It’s important for professionals to understand the context and intent of abusive and controlling behavior so that they can more effectively address certain types of domestic abuse. When looking at these varied presentations of domestic abuse, including mutually destructive relationships, professionals still need to carry the cornerstone of accountability into the examination; not looking for blame, but individual responsibility.

The Men’s Resource Center has varied clinical experience in batterer intervention, marriage counseling, child custody and parenting time disputes in divorce, and forensic evaluation. This provides our staff the cross-training necessary to effectively address the varied scope of domestic abuse. We also provide expert testimony in court cases involving domestic abuse and custody and parenting time issues.

Contact the Men’s Resource Center for our fee schedule and to determine whether a presentation or a full workshop will provide the type of training or consultation you seek.