This cursory presentation may help the clinician recognize domestic violence clients and inspire interest in further training, promoting safer integration of EMDR in the treatment of domestic violence. Definitions, statistics, and examples of domestic violence will be briefly explored. History taking approach regarding exposure in childhood and in adulthood along with couples safety will be touched upon. Assessing the perpetrators readiness for treatment, safer reprocessing and indicators of change will be highlighted. Target selection and the three-pronged approach will be briefly examined. Greater awareness may safeguard their practice with this potentially lethal population.
Julie Stowasser, M.S. is a California State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in San Luis Obispo County, California. She treats trauma and neglect of children and adults, as well as the more specific treatments related to domestic violence offenders, their victims, and their children. She is the author of the chapter, EMDR and Family Therapy in the Treatment of Domestic Violence, in the book The Handbook of EMDR and Family Therapy Processes, edited by Francine Shapiro, Florence Kaslow, and Louise Maxfield (2007); and co-author, along with Susan Brown and Francine Shapiro, of the chapter Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Mental health and substance abuse, in the book Intervention in Mental Health-Substance Use, edited by David Cooper, (2011). In her interest in reducing suffering she founded and moderates the American Psychological Association’s International Domestic Violence Treatment provider's email discussion list in 2005. With Susan Goodell in 2010, she also co-founded and co-moderates EMDRIA’s Approved Consultants email discussion list. She is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Facilitator for EMDR’s Humanitarian Assistance Program’s (EMDR-HAP) and The EMDR Institute. Ms. Stowaser presents nationally and internationally on topics related to the treatment of those who are or have been domestic violence exposed.