For the questionnaire exercise, I sent out a group of questions to carefully picked therapists, psychologists, and social workers according to their specific study and patients they work with. Emails were revised for the fifteen different individuals in order to direct the questions more towards the age group and victims they worked with.
The questions that were asked are very personal, but vital questions in understanding what therapy sessions with victims are like. Statistics can only say so much on how many victims there are, how many come forward, but only experienced individuals can tell me how the victims act and interact with the therapist, themselves, and their environment.
(Questions on children)
What are some of the first things you do and ask a child who comes in for therapy regarding abuse?
Is it mandatory for parents to be in the therapy room with the child? If so, how do parents' actions and words effect how the child responds?
Is one-on-one therapy more beneficial for the child, or is group therapy or collaborative art projects more beneficial?
What are some of the common responses from children during therapy when asked about an abuser?
If left untreated, what are some long term effects of abuse?
(Questions on adults)
How do you recognize abuse in adults? What are the most common signs?
What is the likelihood of successfully "fixing" a domestic violence issue between married couples in joint therapy?
What kind of facial expressions or hand movements have you observed in patients undergoing therapy for abuse?
In your opinion, what could be done to encourage more victims to speak up and report abuse?
Have any of your patients been killed during escalated forms of abuse?