Early Intervention Strategies

The key to preventing domestic violence is to stop it before it starts by creating a supportive environment for families and strengthening family protective factors. Additionally, encouraging positive and respectful behaviour in relationships and promoting healthy relationship skills.

Partners in healthy relationships respond to problems by talking things out together or seek for help. You can resolve issues respectfully and positively in your marriage without resorting to tendencies of controlling, abusive behaviours and the need to dominate the other.

Conflict is a normal part of life. Verbal disagreements and arguments happen in every healthy relationship and marriage. Positive communication is the key to resolving conflicts and arguments in a healthy and respectful manner.

Couples can create supportive, respectful and healthy family environments by attacking problems and not their partners. They can cooperate to resolve issues and find solutions together. If a partner cannot get the other spouse to listen, they can seek help. This should be done early to prevent the problem escalating, resentment setting in, becoming greater issues.

They can seek help early to address unresolved issues and surmount the culture of silence which can harm a marriage in the long run. Couples can seek help to resolve difficult issues they cannot resolve on their own.

Personal matters are better resolved through constructive approaches to prevent escalation and greater issues such as damaged relationships, domestic violence, a break-up or litigation causing problems in the lives of children. They can seek the help of a marital counsellor, marriage and family therapist or a mediator. Read More

If you are prone to violent behaviour, in times of difficulties, overcome negative thoughts. Replace these with thinking positively. Gain control over your emotions and control how you respond to emotional triggers and provocative acts. Deal with the situation in a positive manner by adopting alternative ways of communication and expressing anger and frustration in non-violent ways.

Engage in self-reflection, find your true self and listen to yourself. Imbibe empathy and continue to show love, concern and tenderness to your children. These will eventually culminate in positive outcomes for children and stop abuse and violence for everyone.