Five Unique Ways to Address Family Violence

A girl writes in a notepad.
1. Fill-in-the-blank questions. Victims of family violence may not even recognize that their experiences are abnormal or problematic. One Delaware counselor recommends open-ended questions, such as “"The hardest problem I have is _______,” as way to get them to open up about the nature of their traumas.

Violence in the home is one of the most traumatic things a young person can experience, shattering their sense of love and intimacy for years to come. Researchers say that family violence may contribute to as many as one-third or one-half of runaway episodes.

An abusive household may hamper youths’ ability to reunite with their families, a major goal of FYSB’s Basic Center Program. In this slideshow we look at five creative ways of understanding and addressing a young person’s experience with family violence. Youth and family workers have used these approaches to break through the shame or inner conflict that victims often have around this issue, and to begin the healing process.

These and other approaches can be found in the following NCFY articles:

"Youth Workers’ Patience, Open Minds Get Youth to Talk About Family Violence"

"Q&A: Jessica Nunan of Caminar Latino on Listening to and Empowering Youth Affected by Domestic Violence"

"Serving Native Women and Children Exposed to Domestic Violence"

"Bright Idea: Using Literature to Prevent Relationship Violence"

"Q&A: Pamela Wiseman of the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence"

"Q&A: Keeping Up With Youth Culture"

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