If you’re experiencing domestic violence, use this information to make a plan that works for you.
We’ve been helping break the cycle of domestic violence for over 40 years. Here are some examples of Emerge’s past programs.
Midwifery Family Violence Education Project
Working with three major maternity hospitals in the southern region, Emerge created an information package to assist midwives in their understanding of domestic violence and its impacts. 36% of pregnant women experience domestic violence while pregnant. This program was funded by the Department of Human Services and increased the safety of at-risk women by equipping midwives with the skills to carry out risk assessments and provide referrals to available services.
Funded by the Department of Human Services, this specially designed 12-week art therapy program enabled young people aged four to 14 to express their experience of violence through art and to communicate their story through a public exhibition of their work. Children explored themes such as safety, boundaries, bullying and violence. The exhibition helped to educate the wider public about domestic violence and how it affects children.
Support for Women
Emerge has run various support and self-help groups and provided a safe space for women who have been abused to get together and share their experiences. One of these groups was specifically designed to help immigrant women to overcome social and cultural isolation. Based on our experience and the insights gained, we are now scoping and piloting comprehensive new life skills programs for women.