Domestic Violence Interventions and Anger Management are not Equal

Posted on: May 18, 2007

Domestic Violence Interventions and Anger Management are not Equal I gave a presentation on anger management this week and I was asked–What is the difference between domestic abuse and anger? One of my colleagues– George Anderson gave an explanation which I resonate with and which I shared with my audience. He stated that those with inappropriate anger often direct it at any and every one however domestic violence is only direct at those in close relationship with the perpetrator.

Therefore it is likely that the perpetrator of DV will appear fine to the rest of the worlds while they terrorize those in their own home. I can attest to this because I was raised in a home where DV was common place. My step-father was violent at home in public he was the nicest person—this often created confusion in the publics mind.

This difference between DV interventions and anger management is important for courts. Judges and lawyers need to be made aware that anger management is not appropriate for those charged with domestic violence. It is also the responsibility of the certified anger management facilitator to refer out anyone who was sent to their program but was has been charged with domestic violence. To find a anger management provider in your area please visit

Carlos Todd, LPC, NCC, CAMF

President of the American Association of Anger Management Providers


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