Dr. Eva Helpard
Counselling & Psychotherapy

Domestic Violence & Abuse

If you are struggling in an abusive relationship and don’t know where to turn, now is the time to reach out for help. Although you may feel alone, you are not and I am here to help.

Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often misunderstood, excused or denied. It can take many forms that range from isolation, consistent verbal and demeaning comments, use of threats, intimidation or fear of abandonment to physical and sexual assault. The common denominator of all domestic abuse and violence is the attempt of the abuser to have total control over you.

Struggling to end an abusive relationship on your own is difficult. Many people love the person who abuses them and they want to believe that the abuser will stop. The truth is that it is rare for abuse to end on its own. It’s important to know that you have the resources, support and power to change what is happening to you. You may be taking the most important first step by noticing and acknowledging the signs of abuse.

No one should live in fear of the person they love. The bottom line is that abusive behavior is never acceptable whether it’s coming from your husband, wife, caretaker, teenager, older child, parent or boyfriend/girlfriend.