If you’re experiencing domestic violence, use this information to make a plan that works for you.
Self-help Support for Women
The second season of The IWiSH (Inspiring Women in Self Help) educative program for women is now underway.
Following the success of a pilot program in August and September 2013 the IWiSH educative program for women who have experienced intimate partner violence is now a regular on our program calendar.
The aim of the program is to help women gain a better understanding of what constitutes a healthy relationship versus an abusive relationship by defining domestic violence while identifying the myths and misconceptions. IWiSH seeks to inform women who have experienced domestic violence from a historical, legal, societal and human rights perspective to help them understand what violence is and why it occurs.
Many women in an abusive relationship blame themselves for their partner’s behaviour or think they have provoked it. Lacking knowledge of the wider historic and societal context of male violence, women are often unaware that they have a right to a respectful relationship and that their partner is accountable for his behaviour – this keeps women trapped in a pattern of self-blame and a cycle of abuse. Greater knowledge helps women living in, or those who have lived in an abusive relationship, to achieve respectful relationships through understanding domestic violence and empower them to break the cycle.
The program looks at all types of family violence – physical, verbal, sexual, social, financial, psychological, spiritual, cultural and technological as well as stalking and damage to property.
The venue has a childcare facility to ensure the women feel supported knowing their children are taken care of while following the IWiSH program.
While there is still a lack of awareness in the wider community about the issues surrounding domestic violence the iWISH program is making a difference.
Thanks to a grant from the Con-Irwin Sub Fund of the Victorian Women’s Trust Benevolent Foundation the six week IWiSH pilot received fantastic feedback from the participants.
“I gained a lot of relevant information and couldn’t have gone without this group. I’m thankful this group is run.”