Survivors of domestic violence seeking help, may be sad, agitated, nervous, or angry. These are normal reactions to an abusive situation. These uncomfortable emotions often heal and fade as survivors are empowered to create a safe home for themselves and their children. Domestic Violence advocates play an important part in this healing process. Through a trauma informed perspective, domestic violence programs provide supportive listening, support groups, and systems advocacy. Domestic violence advocates are careful to not pathologize victims of violence, rather they help survivors identify and build upon their own strengths.
Some survivors and their children however may need the additional support of a mental health professional to help ease suffering and rebuild their life. UDVC partners with local mental health clinicians to help ensure that victims of violence are able to access qualified trauma informed services for themselves and their families. UDVC offers low cost training concerning the dynamics of family violence as well as training promoting best practices in the field of trauma informed mental health practices to support clinicians to better assist persons affected by family violence. Download the Statewide Counselor Directory
UDVC is not a licencing agency however, UDVC offers certificates of completions for our trainings. Our web based training and annual conference offers CEUs for mental health clinicians which are required for clinical licensure.
Treatment and counseling for persons who have perpetrated domestic violence is a relatively young field with a growing body of research. UDVC as such does not promote or endorse a particular model of perpetrator treatment. UDVC does seek to promote treatment standards where victim safety is never compromised.
The following text is quoted from U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women(OVW) grant guidelines.
Ensuring victim safety is a guiding principle underlying this Program. Experience has shown that certain practices may compromise victim safety rather than enhance it. Certain responses by the authorities may have the effect of minimizing or trivializing the offender's criminal behavior. Accordingly, consistent with the goals of ensuring victim safety while holding perpetrators accountable for the criminal conduct, applicants are strongly discouraged from proposing projects that include any activities that may compromise victim safety, such as the following:
- Mediation, alternative dispute resolution, or family counseling as a response to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking;
- Offering perpetrators the option of entering pre-trial diversion programs;
- Batterer intervention programs that do not use the coercive power of the criminal justice system to hold batterers accountable for their behaviors; and
- Provision of services on the condition that victims seek protection orders, counseling, or some other course of action with which they disagree.
UDVC supports these guiding principles and is committed to working with Utah treatment providers to develop best practices that help all family members heal and thrive.