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Domestic Violence Groups


Domestic Violence Groups

This is a targeted trauma group for individuals who have experienced or are currently experiencing domestic violence. This group aims to understand: what domestic violence is, the impact of trauma, and what defines trauma. In addition, members will learn skills to cope with domestic violence, and learn what healthy relationships look like.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is aggressive or violent behavior that takes place in the relationship and is typically inflicted by a partner or spouse. Domestic violence can take many forms, including:
1. Physical abuse.
2. Verbal abuse (e.g. yelling, demeaning, insulting, berating), financial abuse (e.g. withholding money for “favors” or as “punishment”).
3. Intimidation (using gestures, looks, threats to make you feel like you can’t leave, destroying property, abusing pets).
4. Coercion or Threats (threatening to harm you or themselves, threatening to report the victim for illegal activity - real or imagined).
5. Using children (e.g. withholding time spent with children, using children to relay messages, harassing you while at visitations for the children).
6. Isolation (e.g. making efforts to keep you from connecting with friends or family, preventing employment, preventing involvement in community activities where you will be with other people).
7. Using Community Standing against you (e.g. person with a position of authority threatens you legally).
8. Minimizing, Blaming, Denying (e.g. gaslighting - stating the abuse didn’t happen, making you question yourself, making you believe you are responsible for their behavior).

Am I a good fit for this group?

If you identify with any of the above forms of domestic violence and are looking to gain clarity, connection with others, and confidence, this may be the right group for you if you fit the criteria below.

Inclusion Criteria

1. Actively involved in a domestic violence relationship/situation, or
2. Have been involved in a domestic violence relationship/situation in the past.
3. 18 or older.
4. Woman-identified individual.
5. Must have an individual therapist (we can help connect you with one if needed).

Exclusion Criteria

1. You are under the age of 18.
2. You have ever experienced psychosis (not including a history of drug-induced psychosis).
3. You are in active addiction.
4. You have been diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder (this does not mean anti-social as a personality characteristic like introversion, but a clinically assigned diagnosis by a licensed professional).
5. You are actively experiencing suicidal ideation.


The group will be $60 per group session, 8 sessions total, and can be paid for in one of the following ways:
$480 up front in full.
$240 up front and $240 before the 5th session.
$120 every two weeks, for four weeks.


Wednesday 5:00pm - 6:30pm.
Saturday 2:00pm - 3:30pm.
In person - Wednesday in Durham and Saturday in Raleigh, exact destination will be provided upon registration.


For further information or interest in registering for this group, please contact Becky Mangasarian at:
Phone: 574-216-1694

Payment Information

All of the trauma groups offered by NC Cutting Edge Counseling, PLLC (NCCEC) are closed groups, meaning that each group will have the same participants for the total duration of the group. This is necessary for trauma groups, as it creates a sense of safety and security among group members. For this reason, we will have participants in the groups sign an agreement to commit to the group for the amount of sessions in the group.
For instance, if the group runs 8 weeks long, we will ask participants to sign an agreement for all 8 groups in that series. Since there are limited spots available, we ask participants for a payment plan of their choosing for all 8 weeks of the group (whether they show up or miss a session).

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