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Music Therapy and Domestic Violence

Welcome to my extensive compilation of therapeutic resources from the web.  I am trying to provide links to resources with additional information on the topics raised in my music and on this website.

Music is an incredibly powerful form of expression.  It combines both words and sound to deliver a message.  Certain songs that one hears on the radio can trigger specific memories in one's mind.  There is no doubt, there is a strong connection between music and our feelings.

Through my experiences in therapy, I very quickly realized that people simply do not like to sit down and just begin pouring their hearts out to someone they don't even know.  It was for this reason that I began to draw upon my own experiences, and discovered a very powerful technique that allows me to use music, something people already listen to and identify with, as a way to help people heal.

Here, I am going to look specifically at how music can be used to help those in abusive situations.  Here are just a few:

Family Portrait, by Pink (Pop) :
In this song the artist sings about a family that on the outside, seems as though things are perfect, but the reality is that the family is falling apart.  Very emotional, sung from a child's view.

 

In Between Love and Hate, by Freudian Slip (Alternative Rock):

In this song the artist sings about a woman who has conflicting feelings for her abusive boyfriend.  She feels both love and hate.  This song is included in Utilizing Music as a Coping Skill : Featuring the Music of Freudian Slip. 

Click here to listen to a sample

 

Betterman, Pearl Jam (Alternative Rock) :

In this song the writer, Eddie Vedder, sings about his mother who he feels "settled" for a man who treated her terribly, fearing she would not find someone else.