If you’re experiencing domestic violence, use this information to make a plan that works for you.
On our wishlist
Emerge is constantly improving the outcomes for those experiencing domestic violence, but there’s still much to be done. We’re looking for funding for the following programs:
Life skills for women
Emerge have recently run a pilot supportive life skills program for women. Our evaluation showed that more women would attend the groups if we were able to provide venues with childcare facilities. We are now looking to re-develop the program to address gaps identified in the pilot and to meet the needs of more women
Art therapy for women
Following the success of our art therapy program for children, we are seeking funding to run art therapy sessions for women at a venue with childcare facilities. Art therapy is a powerful modality that helps transform and heal through creative expression. We are looking to run a pilot for women accessing our service, as well as those within the local community who have experienced violence.
Educational awareness-raising programs
Emerge is developing an early intervention violence prevention and awareness-raising program for schools. The aim of the program is to promote a safe and nurturing learning environment for children and to break the cycle of intergenerational violence. Research shows that the best possible outcomes occur when children experience quality early childhood education and care alongside positive family and community experiences.
“We need to target children at school with messages of respect and gender responsbility. 50% of children in Australia are growing up seeing violence as a means of resolving disputes. Andrew O'Keefe, White Ribbon Foundation Chairman”