MY LIFE DOMESTIC ABUSE AWARENESS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
This is a 12 week programme (one session per week) suitable for local women who have experienced domestic abuse in their adult relationships. Typically, a group will consist of up to fourteen women and is led by 2 trained female facilitators.
The aim is that women who have completed the programme will be able to:
- recognise and identify their experiences of abuse
- recognise how domestic abuse impacts on children and parenting
- identify support systems and feel less isolated
- develop their confidence in making safe choices and decisions about their future
- demonstrate their knowledge of their rights to access other support and information
- recognise and indicate their feelings.
A combination of presentations, group discussion, individual and group exercises are used including Protective Behaviours and Risk Assessments. Boundaries such as confidentiality and respecting the views and differences of others are agreed and acknowledged each week.
Each participant sets their personal goals and has an individual learning plan. The programme is evaluated through self assessment, a midway review and evaluation completed on the last session.
Over the 12 weeks, participants will learn the following:
Week 1 What is abuse?
Week 2 Early Warning Signs
Week 3 How does it affect me? How do I cope?
Week 4 Why we stay
Week 5 My feelings, thoughts and behaviour
Week 6 Being safe, how might that feel?
Week 7 Choices and why we make them
Week 8 The power of words
Week 9 Personal boundaries in my life
Week 10 My parenting
Week 11 How might my children be affected?
Week 12 My life, moving on
Whilst attending the Programme women will be given the opportunity to access additional support, where necessary, including seeking legal and housing advice, starting one-to-one counselling or looking at support services for their children as a result of their increased awareness and confidence.
Referrals & accessing the Programme
Women may be referred to My Life by social workers, health visitors, family support staff and GPs or women can self-refer.
A one-to-one appointment to assess current risk, suitability for the programme and answer any questions is usually booked prior to being offered a place on the Programme.
For referrals, self-referrals or to find out more about My Life please contact