Domestic abuse support group launched

The Women’s Resource Centre has launched a new domestic abuse support group, offering emotional support for women.

Dubbed Journey to Freedom, the group will meet over 12 weeks, giving participants an outlet for their feelings as well as sound background as how to work towards personal growth in all areas of life, said a GIS press release.

The educational component of the group meetings will cover such topics as the types, patterns and cycles of abuse, the effects of abuse on children, power and control in relationships and how to manage healthy relationships, the release said.

‘The programme is based on promoting accountability and empowerment, and will allow the participants to challenge themselves to grow,’ said WRC Counsellor Cindy Blekaitis.

‘It is so important for abused women to know they have support. This group will help them to focus on healing, and it will teach them more about how abuse affects them and their children who might be witnessing it,’ she said.

WRC’s overall aim with the group is to provide a comfortable atmosphere where women can develop relationships that are trusting and caring, and where they can find a safe place to talk about abuse.

If you or someone you know could benefit from this programme, please call 949-0006 for confidential help or email [email protected] .