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Domestic Violence services offered in Oakland, CA and Louisville, KY

An alarming 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience domestic violence, often at the hands of an intimate partner. At Bridge the Gap Addiction and Mental Health Services, PLLC, in Oakland, California., licensed alcohol and drug counselor Hazel Parrish, LCADC, ICADC, BIP, provides counseling and care for individuals experiencing the impact of current or past domestic violence. To schedule an appointment, call Bridge the Gap Addiction and Mental Health Services, PLLC, or book online today.

Domestic Violence Q & A

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is a form of abuse that takes place in the home. While many people suffer domestic violence at the hands of an intimate partner, domestic violence can also be carried out by a parent, roommate, sibling, or other person living in your home.

At Bridge the Gap Addiction and Mental Health Services, PLLC, Hazel understands the widespread and long-lasting impact that domestic violence has on victims. 

She provides supportive care and assessments that help you better understand the effects of domestic violence on your well-being and manage their lasting consequences. 


What are some common signs of domestic violence?

It can be difficult to admit that domestic violence is happening, especially if the perpetrator is someone close to you. There are many telltale signs of domestic violence within a relationship of any dynamic, including:

  • Verbal abuse
  • A hot temper
  • Animal cruelty
  • Extreme jealousy and possessiveness
  • Victim blaming
  • Forced sex
  • Controlling behavior, including financial control
  • Physical violence
  • Embarrassing or harassing the victim in public

If you’re the victim of domestic violence, you may notice new or worsening emotional and behavioral issues. It’s also common to distance yourself from other loved ones, deliberately or not, and experience low self-esteem. 


How does domestic violence impact mental health?

In many cases, mental health disorders develop as the result of withstanding a domestic violence situation. Long-term mental health effects that domestic violence can have include:

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

PTSD develops as the result of experiencing or witnessing a shocking or traumatic event of some sort, and domestic violence is on the list of common causes. Its symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, and self-destructive behaviors.


Depression is a prevalent mood disorder that causes persistent low moods like hopelessness and sadness. Your emotions and loss of interest in your typical activities can lead to sleep problems, appetite changes, trouble concentrating, and other distinct repercussions. 


Anxiety disorders cause persistent or recurrent feelings of worry or apprehension. Your anxiety can worsen with time and influences the decisions you make every day. 

Substance abuse disorder

Substance abuse disorder involves the habitual use of drugs or alcohol. You experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings upon attempting to stop the use. 

To schedule an assessment and treatment consultation for the effects of domestic violence, call Bridge the Gap Addiction and Mental Health Services, PLLC, or book an appointment online today.