Brinda explains that communication is key in most cases. "We train them -- both parties -- to communicate with 'I messages'. They need to stop being aggressive with each other, stop provoking each other, and start telling each other how they feel, and what their perception of a situation is. That does not mean that the victim has to give in. They need to have assertive communication, they need to build up their self esteem -- but there is a difference between being assertive and being aggressive," she says.
"Initially, violence in a household starts from one person. But over time, it becomes a tit-for-tat situation. Violent behaviour becomes the norm. And this is more detrimental when there are children. Many times, children start to believe that behaving aggressively and violently is a way for them to get what they want," explains Brinda.