Animal Assisted Interventions for Trauma and PTSD

The Role that Animals Play in Treating Domestic Violence Trauma and PTSD When times got tough, my friends and I used to joke that all we really wanted was to switch lives with a well-kept house pet. I must admit, it still sometimes seems like a good gig. I thought there could be nothing better. Then, in 2009 I adopted my first dog. After a few months of bonding, I came to see that the only thing better than being a well-kept pet might be owning one. My dogs, I adopted a second in 2013, have come to be the greatest companions in my life. They are a source of endless snuggles, kisses, fun, and unconditional love. As great as these things are to me, I can only imagine how great they must feel to … Read More

The War At Home

How PTSD Leads to Intimate Partner Violence in the Military With the Texas Massacre showing us that even the military is not immune from domestic violence, I decided to take a closer look at the issue. What I found was both shocking and sad. It turns out that military veterans are responsible for a staggering 21% of all domestic violence nationwide. In fact, levels of intimate partner violence (IPV) in post 9/11 veteran’s communities have begun to explode. Between 2006-2011 there was a “skyrocketing” of military members charged with domestic violence at Fort Carson near Colorado Springs. During roughly the same period, PTSD rates also surged at the fort as more and more soldiers began returning home from lengthy, repeat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq (SF Gate). Why This Issue Isn’t Being Dealt With Unfortunately, … Read More

Domestic Violence and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

An Introduction to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Domestic Violence Victims: Its Symptoms, Causes, and Risk-Factors So just what is PTSD? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a trauma and stress-related mental health disorder that occurs after a person witnesses or experiences a terrifying event. It is most common after a traumatic event in which death or severe physical or sexual harm occurred or was threatened. Even though current research on PTSD tends to focus on military combat, there is strong evidence to suggest that experiencing domestic violence of any kind can lead to the development of the disorder. “Individuals who have been physically or psychologically abused have experienced a traumatic event” (Trauma Abuse Treatment). This trauma is often just as severe as military combat. It is therefore not uncommon for domestic abuse victims to be so … Read More