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Today we have the following Refuge vacancies:

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GROUP A - INTRODUCTION TO wmwa GROUPSWomenGroup

The introduction to groups session must be completed by all women attending WMWA support and empowerment groups. The session covers the following:

  • An introduction to WMWA groups and the recovery pathway.
  • An overview of WMWA services and an outline of the support available via the helpline to women attending groups
  • Safety planning & assessing risk for those attending groups
  • CAF overview – what is it? How does it benefit families?
  • What to expect when attending a group, what the facilitator does, why some groups are closed or open, explanation of the group agreement and levels of group participation
  • Empowerment, what this means and how it will make a difference
  • Overview of the empowerment star and how women can measure their success
  • Opportunity to sign up to other groups

Eligibility:

Any woman who is currently experiencing domestic abuse. Any woman who has experienced domestic abuse and wants to understand its effects on herself and/or her children Groups are open to women living with a perpetrator or not living with a perpetrator.

Duration & Status:

A rolling programme of registration for support & empowerment groups.  Sessions are generally 2 hours long.

Areas:

Herefordshire, Worcestershire & Shropshire

GROUP B - FREEDOM

The Freedom programme is open to any woman who wishes to know opendoor3more about domestic abuse. Each group has a fully trained facilitator who specialises in supporting women affected by domestic abuse and understands the issues associated with this. The Freedom programme is free and confidential.

The Freedom programme aims to help women to understand the beliefs held by abusive men and the effects of abuse on children, whilst helping them to gain the confidence to improve the quality of their lives and identify the local resources that can help. It is not about telling women what to do but empowering them to make their own choices. Those who have experienced abuse may have little or no understanding of what has happened to them and it simply feels like a painful and confusing mess for which they are largely to blame – the Freedom Programme aims to start turning this around at the women's own pace. The philosophy of the programme is based on research and outlines the role played in perpetrating domestic abuse by the pursuit of power and control.

Sessions covered:

The Dominator, The Bully, The Bad Father, Effects on Children 1, The Headworker, The Jailor, Sexual Controller, Effects on Children 2, The Liar, The Persuader, King of the Castle, Warning Signs

Eligibility:

Any woman who is currently experiencing domestic abuse. Any woman who has experienced domestic abuse and wants to understand its effects The woman may or may not be living with the perpetrator.

Duration & Status:

A rolling programme, women can register for the group at anytime, runs over 12 weeks, 2 hours per session

Areas:

Herefordshire, Worcestershire & Shropshire

GROUP C - POWER TO CHANGEHappyWomen

Power to Change is a programme which addresses the issues of domestic abuse in a structured closed group. It aims to provide support for women who are finding it difficult to move forward in their lives. WMWA understands the issues that women affected by domestic abuse may have to face and how the effects of an abusive relationship can be felt long after the relationship has finished.

Many women experience a loss of confidence and low self-esteem as a result of being in an abusive relationship. Self-help support groups based on the principles of building self-esteem and empowerment are an important addition to our range of existing support services. Power to Change is a programme of education and support in a group setting facilitated by trained specialist support practitioners.

Sessions covered: Defining self esteem, bill of rights, needs, gender roles and stereotypes, boundaries, emotion, grief, fear and guilt, emotions & anger, assertion versus aggression, assertiveness techniques, moving on   Eligibility: Any woman who has experienced domestic abuse and wants to understand its effects Women cannot attend this group if they are living with the perpetrator

Duration & Status:

A closed programme, PTC closes after week 6, runs over 12 weeks, 2 hours per session

Areas:

Herefordshire, Worcestershire & Shropshire

GROUP D - RECOVERY TOOLKIT

recovery-toolkitLiving with domestic abuse/violence forces women to develop coping strategies that keep them and their family as safe as possible within the context of unequal power divides and extremely controlling behaviour by the perpetrator.

Women who have experienced and lived with domestic abuse frequently tell support agencies that the hardest part of recovery is to deal with the psychological distress caused by such abuse. The psychological distress affects how a woman perceives herself (self-esteem, self-image), how she interacts with others (passively or angrily), how she copes with the emotional pain (depression, anxiety, alcohol or drug use), how she uses her parenting skills; it can also leave her with confusion about issues of trust, boundaries and respectful relationships (both with adults and with children). Any individual experiencing the isolation, exhaustion, humiliation, degradation and threats that are part of the abusive behaviour would encounter these difficulties. The aim of the group is not to hold the woman responsible for what happened to her, or blame her for those actions or decisions taken at the time of the abuse that may in retrospect be found not to have been safe. Rather the purpose of the group is to recognise the tremendous effort the woman has made in keeping herself and her family as safe as possible, while helping her to acknowledge that coping strategies used under duress may not be helpful in her recovery and development of a new life free from abuse.

Recovery Toolkit runs for 12 weeks and also carries NOCN accreditation enabling the women participants to gain a Level 1 in Developing Personal Confidence and Self Awareness.

Sessions covered:

What is Abuse, Introduction to Self Esteem, Self Esteem, Coping and the Consequences on our Psychological Wellbeing, Effects of Abuse on Children and on Parenting Skills, Self Esteem and Affirmations and the Power of Positive Self Talk, Anger and Conflict and Assertiveness, Boundaries and Trust, Making Mistakes, Setting Goals, Healthy Relationships.

Eligibility:

Any woman who has experienced domestic abuse and wants to understand its effects This programme is closed to women who are still living with the perpetrator.

Duration & Status:

A closed programme, RTK closes after week 2, runs over 12 weeks, 2 hours per session

Areas:

Herefordshire, Worcestershire & Shropshire

GROUP e - PARENTING

Parenting through domestic abuse can be extremely challenging and the effects of this on children in terms of their emotions, behaviour, development and self esteem can be far reaching.

The parenting programme aims to assist parents to support their children during this difficult time and provide them with techniques and resources to enable them to do this. MumToddler

 Sessions covered:

  • What children think, learn and feel when there is domestic abuse.
  • How to begin to help children experiencing domestic abuse
  • Talking to our children when there is domestic abuse
  • Safety planning with children when there is domestic abuse
  • Effects on parenting when there is domestic abuse and parenting types
  • Respectful parenting when there is domestic abuse
  • Handling anger at our children when there is domestic abuse
  • Conflict prevention and handling our children’s anger
  • Setting limits respectfully
  • Understanding children’s development
  • Strengthening our relationship with our children

Eligibility:

Any woman who is currently experiencing domestic abuse. Any woman who has experienced domestic abuse and wants to understand its effects on children Women can attend this programme whether or not they are living with the perpetrator.

Duration & Status:

A closed programme, Parenting closes after week 6, runs over 12 weeks, 2 hours per session

Areas:

Herefordshire, Worcestershire & Shropshire

GROUP F - SURVIVOR NETWORK

The WMWA survivor network is available to all women who have completed their recovery pathway and acts as a support group for victims and survivors of domestic abuse. The main aim of this type of group is to strengthen and empower female survivors of abuse. Many of the benefits of participating in open-ended, informal self-help groups stem from the emphasis on participants themselves deciding on the direction and organisation of the course and content of the group. Through social interaction, participation in the decision-making process, and expression of their feelings, ideas, and experiences, the group members stimulate the development of their autonomy, self-esteem, self-confidence and emotional stability. WomenChat

They also gain strength and empowerment through their involvement in the group process itself, and in sharing experiences, ideas and opinions with other survivors.

One of the most important aspects is the group process itself; women are creating a space for themselves to relate to each others as peers, establish strong bonds with one another, and develop supportive relationships based on their shared experiences.

This group dynamic generates an atmosphere of understanding, encouragement and support, which in turn reduces the feelings of loneliness, shame and isolation that so often accompany abusive relationships. Women belonging to self-help groups have identified the following benefits as a result of their participation:

Having a space for sharing (both their stories and emotions, and information about resources and/or other services in their community) with others who understand what they have been through;

  • Gaining the companionship and support of other women;
  • Developing the autonomy to address some of their problems or concerns about their life situations
  • Gaining access to the service development and decision making structures of the facilitating organisation
  • Developing skills such as events organising and fundraising
  • Developing valuable and long-lasting friendship networks

Eligibility:

Any woman who has experienced domestic abuse and wants to access structured peer support, and who has: a) completed the WMWA Recovery Pathway, or b) not been in an abusive relationship for a minimum of 2 years.

Duration & Status:

A rolling programme determined by its membership.

Areas:

Herefordshire, Worcestershire & Shropshire

If you would like to join one of our groups or would like to refer an individual, please contact:

24hr Domestic Abuse Helpline Numbers:


Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin: 0800 783 1359 Worcestershire: 0800 980 3331

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Click the link to make an online referral: WMWA Helpline Referral Form