Domestic Violence Awareness Program for Women

‘SEE THE SIGNS’

This programme is for  women who are or have been  in abusive relationships and will enable them to understand domestic violence and different forms of abuse.

  • To raise the awareness around healthy relationships and spot the signs of danger.

  • The effect on their children and families

  • To identify what forms of abuse are being used by their partners

  • To support women in being confident and assertive.

  • Ensure women and their children are safe

  • Group members map out the history and pattern of their abusers’ violence and discuss its implications in their lives and the lives of their children.

  • They discuss the nature of their attachment to their abusers and the long- term consequences of continuing the relationship if their abusers do not stop battering.

The objectives of the programme are designed to help women identify different forms of abuse.

1. To assist the women to understand that his acts of violence are a means of controlling her actions, thoughts and feelings by examining the intent of his acts,

2. To increase the women’s understanding of the cause of his violence by examining the cultural and context in which he uses violence against her.

3. To increase women understanding of the negative effects of his behaviour on her, relationships, her children and her family, and herself.

4. The programme will be provided by one female facilitator.

5. To participate in the programme the person will be expected to give consent for police, probation and social services to share all information to the facilitators.

The women work with the wheels below:

The wheels are an overview of the structure, themes and description of the teaching tools used.

The wheels are an overview of the structure, themes and description of the teaching tools used.

During the programme there will be role plays and short videos played and participants will be asked to describe their partners behaviours and analyse the control.

The programme is for 1 and 1/2 hours over 12 weeks. The facilitator will cover a number of topics:

Equality wheel

  •  Economic partnership

  •  Negotiation and fairness

  •  Shared responsibility

  •  Responsible parent

  •  Honesty and accountability

  •  Trust and support

  •  Respect

  •  Non-threatening behaviour

Power and control

  • Using intimidation

  • Using isolation

  • Using children

  • Using male privileges

  • Using emotional abuse

  • Using coercion

  • Using economic abuse

  • Minimizing, denying and blaming

 

The Women will be shown short films and discussions will take place, they will also take part in role playing, one being the abuser and one being the victim.

After each session the participants will be expected to complete their own log and give examples of what they have taken from the session and how they felt. Domestic violence affects children and women.

The Duluth wheel (how violence affects children) will be amongst the tools that facilitators cover during the programme.

 

Post- separation Power and control will also be addressed

Using harassment & intimidation

Undermining her ability to parent

Discrediting her as a mother

Withholding financial support

Endangering children

Disregarding children

Disrupting her relationship with children

Using physical & Sexual violence against mother and children.

 

Referral & Programme Timetable:

Application is by referral from statutory and non-statutory agencies. Social services in the voluntary and non-voluntary sector, CAFCASS Family Court Advisors, Family Court, or men can make a self-referral.

 

When to refer:

Referrals for See the Signs can be made where cases are being managed under the Public Law Outline (PLO) or already within Care Proceedings where domestic violence is featured. Referrals are for cases where the Local Authority and/or Court wish to gain a greater understanding of the nature and extent of the risks posed to women and their children, contact arrangements and implications for children & the parent’s capacity to sustain separations / positive relationships and/or engage in any other risk management strategies.    

 

To request a referral form or if you have any enquiries please email us at:    dmatserviceslimited@gmail.com

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