VISTAS Counseling Children and Adolescents

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Domestic Violence and Children

Laurie Vargas, Jason Cataldo, and Shannon Dickson


Domestic violence has historically been seen as a private issue between couples. Over the past decade, domestic violence has become recognized as a societal issue, affecting not only the couple but also the children living in the home environment. Although community agencies concentrate on educating and offering support to both the victim and the abuser, little support is currently offered to children (National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information [NCCANI], 2003). As a result, community groups and government agencies are beginning to look more closely at the causes of violence within the home and its effects on children. With this realization, the counseling field is in a position to effect real change through the use of effective assessment measures and counseling strategies.

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