There is no mold for abuse, an abuser or a victim. Much like the abuse itself, abusers and victims cross all demographics of race, age, gender, religion, social status and sexual orientation. While there may be signs that a person is in an abusive relationship, it may be difficult to know for sure. 1 in 4 women report having suffered some sort of physical violence in their lives and 1 in 5 men report similarly. VIBS has counselors on staff who can assist victims with recovering from the abuse they have suffered, advocates who can provide victims guidance through the criminal justice process and attorneys who are available to represent clients in need throughout their court proceedings.
If children live in the home or are exposed to violent/abusive behavior, they may suffer just as would the primary victim. Children exposed to violence in the home are more likely to have trouble in school and suffer from anxiety, depression and exhibit aggressive behaviors. Through adolescence and into adulthood, the children exposed to abuse may repeat the behavior they experienced, fall into an abusive relationship themselves or even resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as substance abuse. VIBS has specialized children’s counselors on staff who can assist in developing healthy coping mechanisms and processing trauma through various forms of modern therapy.