Counseling 13: Domestic Violence and Anger Management

Instructor: Maggie Bishay, PsyD

National Domestic Violence hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Course Description:

  • Gain a better understanding of the patterns of behavior of survivor and abusers
  • Learn to communicate with a survivor
  • Grow in verbiage
  • Understand the types of abuse
  • Recognize the warning signs
  • Provide resources and strategies to seek and receiving help
  • Educate to break the cycle

Course outline


Share with each other experiences with domestic violence.

  1. Nature (cycle of abuse)
  2. Tools used
    1. Threats
    2. Isolation
    3. Manipulation
  3. Reality shift
  4. Familiarity
    1. Why do they stay?
    2. Why do they keep going back?
    3. Why do they often defend the abuser?
  5. The effects of the children
  6. Re-victimization
  7.  Treatment:
    1. Cycle of respect
    2. Safety plan
    3. Know when to ask for help
    4. Provide the victims with resources in they area
  • Look into the abusers mind
  • Provide techniques to aid in reducing anger
  • Go over work sheets that may provide insight to aid with anger


Each student is asked to watch several movies that portray DV.

“Sleeping with the enemy” 1991

“No one to tell” 1996

“The burning bed” 1984

“Men don’t tell” 1993


1) Student are required to watch one assigned movie a month and write a ½ page on their personal perceptive regarding thoughts, feelings, emotions they may have experienced when watching the movies.

2) After watching the assigned movies the student are then required to answer the following questions (no more than ½ page):

  • What are some of the signs that indicate that things are not right in the relationship?
  • What are the patterns used by the abuser?
  • Can you name the signs the abuser is using?
  • Why did the survivor not walk away when it started?

Required Texts:

 Spin Cycle Stop, Bob Meade.  (this will be the main book the class will be based on)

ISBN 978-1-4389-4017-5
Grading Scale: Test Schedule Percentage of course grade
A 90-100

B 80-89

Below 80 will get certificate of attendance

F Below 60