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Domestic Violence Education and Support groups at Womens Health Matters

The domestic violence education and support groups are first and foremost safe spaces for women to explore practical and emotional issues relating to their experiences. Our main aim is to help women keep themselves and their children safe but we recognise that women need to identify their own ways of doing this. We provide an environment in which women can feel that they have control over their situation and choices in how they approach the challenges that face them.

We run a rolling programme of sessions exploring domestic violence and related issues.

Some of the issues we explore include:

  • Defining violence: physical, sexual, emotional and psychological
  • The impact of domestic violence on women
  • The impact of domestic violence on children
  • Why we want relationships: healthy relationships, boundaries
  • Where to go for help and how to help others
  • Protective behaviours approach: listening to our early warning signs
  • Dealing with a crisis: thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • Parenting issues: helping children heal from traumatic experiences
  • Mental health and wellbeing: coping mechanisms, understanding depression, anxiety, panic attacks
  • Sexual health: contraceptive choices, cervical screening and breast awareness

We encourage women to tell us what they would like to discuss in more detail and try to tailor sessions to meet the needs of the women who are present. We involve women in pro active initiatives to improve services as well as offering support and advice to individuals. Peer support also plays an important part in helping group members move forwards positively.

If you would like more details about our groups please contact us on: 0113 2762851