Intimate Partner Violence Worksheet

Video & audio overview of the worksheet

What is the theory behind the worksheet?

The experience of intimate partner violence is a hugely traumatic one that has complex and far-reaching consequences. This type of abuse or violence can take on many forms, yet whichever form it takes, it will negatively impact your self-esteem and self-worth.

Developing a safety plan is vitally important and a good step toward finding support to ensure your safety in the long term. However, this can be difficult if you do not believe that you are worth the effort. Rebuilding self-esteem is a long process, however, you can begin it with the powerful tool of shifting the way you think about yourself.

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet guides you on shifting your inner voice and self-perception from one that is harsh and negative to one that is kind and encouraging. If you can speak to yourself in this way it is easier to believe that you deserve to be treated in this way as well.

How to use the worksheet?

Completing the table in the worksheet might be difficult for you, stay curious and kind to yourself as you try to change these thoughts. It does take practice and work to shift something that you believe about yourself. If you are finding it difficult, ask yourself what you would say to a friend if they shared that they felt that way about themselves. Sometimes we are kinder to others than we are to ourselves.

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APA. (2019). Treating Women Who Have Experience Intimate Partner Violence.