Abuse is a common family crisis. Consider the following scenario and then answer the question that follows in a 1-2 page paper:
You are interviewing the mother of two daughters, a 2 year old and a 5 year old. The mother has been referred to you by the local crisis shelter for battered women. This is her third visit to the shelter. In the past, she has refused crisis intervention therapy. She tells you that she is considering leaving her abusive husband, but doesn’t want to “break up the family.” You have interviewed the 5 year old daughter, and it is obvious that she shows signs of emotional/psychological trauma. The mother is in denial about her daughters having been traumatized by her husband’s abusive behavior. She states, “I grew up in an abusive home, and I turned out OK.” You learn that in the past the mother has struggled with addiction and has been in and out of abusive relationships.
In your paper, describe factual information that you might provide this mother to help her better understand how her husband is traumatizing her children. Include your considerations regarding the daughters’ traumatic symptoms. (You may choose which symptoms the children display.) Remember, you can’t tell this client what to do, but knowledge may be your best weapon. What factual data and information can you provide the mother to help her understand how this abuse is affecting her? Be specific. Give examples.