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    • #124956
      Living Warrior
      Participant

      The Power to Change programme provides education
      and support in a group setting to women who are, or
      have been, in abusive relationships. It is based on the
      idea that women working together in a safe, friendly
      and non-judgmental environment can change their
      lives for the better.
      Going through domestic abuse can damage your self-esteem and make you feel very isolated and even
      ashamed of what has happened to you. Being in a
      group where others have had similar experiences can
      be very beneficial; it offers a safe space to share
      experiences, feel that you are not alone, and draw
      strength from each other.
      The three main aims of the support group are:
       to help you understand the dynamics of abuse and
      change patterns of behaviour learned by women
      within abusive relationships;
       to raise awareness of women’s basic rights;
       to build self-esteem and empowerment, enabling
      you to recognise your individual strengths,
      maintain your independence, and acknowledge
      your rights to respect, dignity, independence,
      choice and control
      1. Introductions: basic
      rights
      2. Domestic abuse
      3. Why is it so hard to
      leave?
      4. Families and children
      5. Boundaries
      6. Coping with grief, fear
      and guilt
      7. Coping with anger
      8. Assertiveness skills and
      boundary setting 1
      9. Assertiveness skills and
      boundary setting 2
      10. Assertiveness
      techniques
      11. Dealing with requests
      and authority figures
      12. Practicing assertiveness
      13. Healthy relationships
      14. Endings and new
      beginnings

    • #124957
      Eggshells
      Participant

      Thanks Living Warrior. Do you know how I can get on to one of these programmes please?

    • #124958
      Living Warrior
      Participant

      I got in touch with my local womens aid, who were running the support groups weekly for an hour a week, if your local WA does them they are fantastic, and free 🙂

      they may not be up and running yet, as mine isnt, due to covid. but as things are opening up i am sure they will be reopening soon too 🙂

    • #124973
      Eggshells
      Participant

      Thanks. I’ve been transferred to my local WA for some time now but they haven’t even contacted me. I’ll be moving on again in a couple of months to an area that doesn’t have WA. It’s a shame because the course looks really good.

    • #124998
      Living Warrior
      Participant

      oh no, im sorry to hear that, but you could get intouch with the local MP. they have some pull with budgeting and providing support it may help you and the area in general 🙂 just a thought. If you need anything, you know where i am.

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