One out of every four women in Victoria will suffer some kind of violence (physical or psychological) at the hands of her husband or boyfriend.
(Source: Neighbourhood Watch)
Very few will tell anyone-not a friend, a relative, a neighbour, or the police.
Victims of domestic violence come from all walks of life:- all cultures, all income groups, all ages, all religions. They share feelings of helplessness, isolation, guilt, fear, and shame. All hope it won’t happen again, but often it does.
Help is at hand.
Family Life conducts courses for women who wish to learn how to make choices and re-gain some control over their lives. Making Choices is a group for women who are living in or have lived in abusive relationship. In a safe and supportive atmosphere women learn:
- That they are not alone.
- How to take better care of themselves.
- How to believe in themselves.
- Acceptance of themselves and others.
- That their opinions matter.
- How to build resources.
Courses are conducted both during the day and in the evenings.
Following Making Choices groups women reported:
- Growth in self esteem and self confidence.
- Reduced depression, anxiety and fear.
- Improved ability to are for themselves physically and emotionally as parents and women.
- Improved communications skills and assertiveness in relationships.
- Improved social supports, personal networks and friendships.
- Strengthened capacity to mange stress.
For more information on the program please phone Family Life on 03 8599 5433 and ask to speak to the Duty Worker or email firstname.lastname@example.org