Domestic Violence


“Love is about giving freedom and power, not about gaining control or possession.”       -Jeffrey Fry

Abuse in intimate relationships is never okay. At ISAT we believe that Health Equates Love and Power (HELP). The HELP Treatment Program was designed to assist individuals and families experiencing domestic abuse, both physical and/or emotional, in an intimate partner relationship. The premise of the HELP program is that love and power must be experienced equally for a relationship to be healthy. The goals of the ISAT HELP program are to develop an understanding that intimate partner violence is never justified, that emotional abuse in relationships is never justified, and that abusiveness is a learned behavior and a maladaptive attempt to effect change in a relationship. 

ISAT provides specialized therapy services to survivors of domestic abuse and dating violence and to children who have witnessed domestic abuse in their home. In addition, treatment is provided for court involved individuals and others who have acted in an abusive manner toward their intimate partner and family members. Individual and group therapy are offered to clients, as well as couples and family therapy when safe and appropriate. Treatment goals are individualized to each person’s unique experience.

Treatment helps adults who have been abusive learn how to manage their emotions and take responsibility for their behavior. They learn to stop and think rather than react. They learn to focus on the needs of others and to develop equality in their relationship. 

Treatment helps survivors and their children develop and utilize their resources, learn skills to empower themselves, and learn personal safety skills. They learn that they are not responsible for the behavior of others and that they deserve to be safe. They learn that no one should ever be abused in any way.

“Overcoming abuse doesn’t just happen, it takes positive steps every day. Let today be the day you start to move forward.”

-Assunta Harris