Counselling for assault and domestic abuse

UMATTERCARE takes assault and domestic abuse very seriously, so we have designed the Partner Assault Response Rehabilitation Program (PAR-RP) to help clients learn new skills that can help improve their relationships.

The program aims at:

  • Gaining a clear understanding of abuse and the impact on the abused
  • Anger Management
  • Communicating effectively and respectfully without using violence
  • Learn to reduce stress
  • Understand our own beliefs and attitudes
  • Learn to deal with conflict
  • Recognize and manage triggers
  • Change thinking patterns
  • Become open-minded

Assault and domestic abuse hurt everyone

Assault is a form of aggression that is used towards another person. There are two types of assault: physical, which includes sexual assault, and verbal and it is expressed in the form of a threat or intent to cause bodily harm or offend another person. Sometimes, a person loses control of his/her actions due to a lack of communication skills and/or unresolved anger issues. But counselling and psychotherapy can help you deal with such issues. We can help by providing one-on-one counselling and therapy sessions during which we try to understand the root cause and the issues that influence aggressive behaviour.

Domestic abuse is another form of assault against the partner, spouse, child, or parent used to gain or maintain control and power. Abuse is identified by physical action or verbal threats against others.

Abuse does not discriminate therefore it can happen to a male or female regardless of race, culture, religion, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or level of education.

Research shows that physical violence is more likely to occur within an abusive relationship when the abuser has an addiction.

Likely, the situation starts with disagreements and escalates to uncontrolled anger expressed by threatening, shaming, and blaming the other person.

Abuse can be physical as well and individuals need to feel in control of the situation, even though they are the ones “losing it”.  Many factors play a role in abusive behaviours such as mental or physical health issues, trauma-related issues, lack of knowledge regarding the abuse, etc.

Forms of abuse and their impact

Abuse is identified by the action or the threats against the other and can be imposed in many forms. Abuse is not always reported because it is hard to recognize even by the victims themselves. However, the impact of abuse is devastating and it continues to ruin many lives.

  • physically
  • emotionally
  • psychologically
  • financially
  • sexually


  • frighten
  • embarrass
  • intimidate
  • terrorize
  • manipulate
  • hurt
  • humiliate
  • blame
  • injure or
  • wound someone else


  • fearful
  • intimidated
  • insecure
  • unsafe
  • unloved
  • humiliated
  • obligated