Lawson works with the YWCA of Northwest Louisiana, counseling abuse victims and providing family therapy. She says there's a fine line between domestic violence and anger management issues. "True domestic violence is a repeated pattern of violence based on power and control... or whether it's just two people who don't know how to fight fair." But help is out there.
The YWCA has a 24-hour family violence hotline to help both victims and aggressors deal with their emotions. "We do offer services to anyone... or referrals to anyone who wants to get help with anger management or batterer intervention," said spokesperson Kim Forcinel. Counselors say professional help is only way to keep anger under control. "In order to deal with it effectively you have to be accountable for your actions and decide that you don't want to hurt anyone else," said Lawson. Whether its domestic abuse or just uncontrollable anger.
Experts say the best thing you can do is admit there's a problem, before things start spiraling out of control. For help with domestic violence and anger management issues call the YWCA at 318-222-2117.