Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

MCM - MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Expressive Therapies


Meg H. Chang, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT


This thesis explores the therapeutic potential of songwriting interventions designed for female survivors of domestic violence, serving as a means to empower survivors in reclaiming their voices and narratives. Drawing from existing from research it explores the psychological impacts of domestic violence, the silencing of survivors, the role of music therapy, and the portrayal of domestic violence in popular music. Highlighting survivor perspectives and therapeutic techniques, such as lyric rewriting, song collage, and narrative songwriting, the thesis emphasizes the transformative power of songwriting in facilitating healing and empowerment. By amplifying survivor voices, advocating for survivor-centered policies, and fostering inclusive environments, we can break the cycle of silence and stigma surrounding domestic violence, creating a more compassionate and supportive society for survivors.

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