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Peachtree Psychological Associates

2045 Peachtree Rd., Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30309


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Domestic abuse is a serious issue, both medically and legally. Domestic abuse can be physical, sexual, or emotional. For many people it may be difficult to understand or accept the fact that they are in an abusive relationship. They may make excuses for the abuse like, "They just lost their temper, that is not who they really are".

Domestic abuse is often cyclical. There is the initial phase where tension builds in the relationship until it eventually reaches a breaking point and the abusive phase begins. After the abuse there is usually a "honeymoon" stage where the abuser apologizes and may buy gifts or give special attention to their partner. This stage, while appearing to be sincere and apologetic, usually just serves to perpetuate the abuse. This can be confusing for the person being abused and make them want to stay in the abusive relationship. Some may even feel that they deserved to be abused due to emotional issues like low self-esteem or depression.

Both parties in an abusive relationship can benefit from therapy. The person being abused can visit a therapist to learn when a relationship is abusive, how to raise their self-esteem, or how to deal with any emotional trauma they may have from the abuse. The abuser can also benefit from therapy. Many people who engage in domestic abuse were abused themselves as a child, or witnessed abuse in their home. They also might have problems controlling their anger. During therapy they can discuss past events that might have led them to this behavior, and discuss how they can go about changing it. Finding other outlets and ways to deal with their anger can prevent them from domestic abuse in the future. If you are in an abusive relationship or feel that you may have anger management problems that cause you to abuse your partner please call us immediately. We can help you find a way out of your abusive relationship, or teach you ways to deal with disagreements and anger in more productive ways.


For many victims, it's difficult to recognize when a pattern of abuse has developed in their relationship. Instead, they often see abusive behaviors as isolated, unrelated incidents. Yet, abuse often happens in cycles, with abusive episodes interspersed with periods of calm, loving support, and affirmation - nurturing and caring that initially drew the two partners together. However, the abusive pattern that develops can often become predictable and a source of tension, even during periods of calm.

The cycle of abuse may be described as:

    * Tension may arise within a relationship. It may be the result of a minor disagreement.
    * Tension continues to build over a period of hours, or days or perhaps months.

Something will trigger an abusive incident. This assault may be physical, psychological, or sexual. A period of calm follows. This is often called the "honeymoon phase." The abuser may buy his/her partner gifts or lavish attention on him/her, often feeling sorry for what has happened.  Over time, the above cycle changes. More small incidents will occur, tension will increase, and the cycle will begin again. Both partners want to believe incidents of abuse will not repeat themselves, but they usually do.

Although abuse most often happens as part of a cycle, some victims never experience a cycle or pattern. Some abusive incidents happen without provocation, warning, or buildup, and there may be no periods of calm. The abuser may show no remorse. In other cases, tension is always present.

If you feel like you are stuck in a cycle of abuse, please get help today.

Atlanta Therapy Peachtree Psychological Associates is a certified Therapy specializing in Domestic Violence, depression, counseling, therapist, rehabilitation and much more in Atlanta, GA. We also do Grief or Bereavement, Stress, Depression, Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Couples Counseling, Child and Family Therapy, Adult Psychotherapy, Social Anxiety Disorder, Anger Management, Addictions, Eating Disorders, Self Esteem - Life Transitions, Domestic Violence, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and all work related in the 30309 area and surrounding areas in Atlanta