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Young Empowered Women

August 8, 2019

Young women across south east Melbourne are about to increase their knowledge about how to avoid controlling and abusive relationships thanks to a centennial anniversary grant from Zonta International.

The program, Young Empowered Women, is focused on young women aged between 14 and 18 years’ old attending schools in Bayside Peninsula and Glen Waverly. Emerge’s counsellors and therapists will deliver the training.

“This is an important ‘awakening’ program for young women as we hope to help them to recognise and deal with the early signs of emotional and economic controlling behaviour within relationships,” Paula Westhead said.

“In our work in schools and also in refuge, it has become evident that many young women are not aware that financial control is a form of family violence, and they don’t know what to do to recognise and handle emotional or financial control,” Paula added.

The need for programs such as ‘Young Empowered Women’ was promoted through the Australian Productivity Commission report (Domestic Violence).

Emerge was one of four Australian organisations to receive funding through the international arm of Zonta.

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