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Traumatic Bonding and Domestic Violence
10/05 - 10/18
This course explores the seemingly indestructible attachment that can develop between parents, partners, and children in a domestic violence relationship. Trauma bonds create a force that pulls the victim back in to dangerous situations, spurs the abuser to pursue the victim, and demands that children protect their parents. The course describes how factors such as power imbalances, alternating abuse and “good times”, and the need to belong may set the stage for trauma bonds. Physical and sexual abuse situations are addressed. Strategies for working with children with domestic violence histories are discussed.