Programme helps women keep free from family violence
14 June 2013 Media release
Programme helps women keep themselves free from family violence
Local women affected by family violence are invited to join a 15-week programme (one 2.5 session a week) aimed at helping them heal from their experiences, keep themselves and their children (if any) safe, build selfesteem, and create a life free from violence.
This programme is a court-approved programme for women with protection orders (made by judges in the Family Court) as well as for those without.
“This is a great opportunity not only for the women affected by violence but also for their children, should they have any,” says Jayne O’Neill, Relationships Aotearoa’s Clinical Manager for the Wellington region and organiser of the programme.
“We know, from research, that the negative repercussions for children living in highly stressful environments – tension, conflict, abuse and/or violence – can last a lifetime if not addressed. In this programme, as well as helping women keep themselves safe from conflict and violence, we are keeping the next generation safe.” The programme is designed so women can join at any time. It will cover a range of issues, including understanding anger and violence; power and control; family patterns; stereotypes and role expectations; setting personal boundaries, problem solving and goal setting; healthy relationships; self-care; sexuality, assertiveness; human rights; power dynamics; and respectful communication.
Women interested in joining will receive an individual session with the programme facilitator to ensure that the programme is right for them.
The programme is one of three on domestic violence being run by the Wellington branch of Relationships Aotearoa. The other two focus on helping those who are violent and abusive change their behaviour.
Women interested in joining, should call Relationships Aotearoa, on 04 566 7164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those with a protection order should let Relationships Aotearoa know when they make contact.