Understanding and Addressing the Health Care Needs of Native Americans

Factors Affecting Native Americans Care Delivery Although health care is a legal right of members of federally recognized Tribes, Native Americans still have persistent disparities in health status and access to services. They suffer from higher rates of illness, substance Read More …

Violence against African Americans: Barriers to Care and Culturally Competent Solutions

African American Women and Intimate Partner Violence Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious social problem in the United States particularly for African American women (Sualp, Forgetta, Anderson, Revell, & Godbee, 2020). According to data from the 2010 National Intimate Read More …

The Importance of Multidisciplinary Team Response to the Quality and Safety of Care Delivery

The increased attention given to intimate partner violence has indicated that there are typically system-wide failures to detect and care for victims (Machado, Hines, & Douglas, 2020; Macy, Martin, Nwabuzor Ogbonnaya, & Rizo, 2018). Once in the system, victims may Read More …

Intimate Partner Violence Service Delivery and Trauma-Informed Care Strategy for Support

by Dr. Anchal Goyal Edited by Tabitha M. Chapman, AMFT Law enforcement and service providers serve an important role in the management of domestic violence victims. Law enforcement primarily focuses on maintaining the role of objective factfinders while conducting bias Read More …

What is Coercive Control? Evidence-based Interventions for Victims

Coercive control refers to a systematic pattern of behavior that establishes dominance over another person through intimidation, isolation, and terror-inducing violence or threats of violence (Dichter, Thomas, Crits-Christoph, Ogden, & Rhodes, 2018). Studies show that spousal coercive control is more common than emotional, physical, or sexual violence.

Widespread Child Sexual Abuse in the United States: An Extension Approach to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Its Recurrence

by Dr. Anchal Goyal; Editor(s): Dr. Amber D. Gray, Tabitha M. Chapman What is the Impact of Abuse on Children? Child sexual abuse (CSA) and assault currently affect 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 13 boys before the age Read More …

Strategies To Prevent Domestic Violence: Raising Awareness and Stopping Violence Before It Begins

by Dr. Anchal Goyal Editor(s): Dr. A.D. Gray; Tabitha M. Chapman, MFT Domestic violence is serious, it affects a large proportion of the population. The harm it causes can last a lifetime and spans generations. This has caused serious adverse Read More …

The Bad and The Ugly About Coercive Control

by Dr. Amber D. Gray, DBH Domestic violence is about power and control (Gosselin, 2018; Walker, 1979; Walker, 2000). While no single theory fits the totality of the nuances of domestic violence, an abuser’s need for power and control is Read More …

Violence, and Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Psychophysiologic Affects of Witnessing Abuse

Dr. Amber D. Gray, DBH Children who witness abuse and violence experience various types of psychophysiologic consequences (Ali & McGarry, 2020; Bradbury-Jones, Morris, Sammut, Humphreys, 2020; Walker, 2013; Van Der Kolk, 2014). When it comes to children, it must be Read More …

Dissociative Identity Disorder: How the Movies Got It Wrong

by Dr. Amber D. Gray, CCFDVC, DBH Let’s Talk Dissociative Identity Disorder Let’s talk about dissociation. The not so new kid on the block, that many individuals still don’t understand anything about. What is dissociation? According to Marlene Steinberg, M.D., Read More …