Every one is entitled to a personal life free from violence and fear of abuse
Your partner's cruelty is not your fault
You did not choose an abuser but fell in love with a charming, sophisticated man. The same man people in his entourage, respect, appreciate, enjoy.
We know that abuse can make you feel terribly isolated. Whether you are still questioning the reality of the abuse, wondering how to approach it or in the process of leaving your marriage, at this point you may be experiencing confusion. Your landmarks are changing.
Maybe you have left the situation some time ago and yet still find yourself dealing with the consequences of the abuse in some important ways.
Deciding to get help is a personal matter. We respect your decision, as we believe that only you know when the time is right. We understand that it is painful and multifaceted.
- Individual appointments
We will help you sort out your circumstances.
- Support Groups - Interactive and Self-Reflective
These small support groups are for women who have experienced emotional and/or physical abuse in their intimate partnerships, whether or not they are still living with their husbands. The groups are designed to provide women with a confidential, safe and nurturing environment as well as an emotional and practical support while exploring the confusing journey of abuse.
- They are six and twelve-week support groups that meet weekly for an hour and a half to explore the shared experience of domestic abuse and its many consequences.
- We provide a curriculum which leads to discussions. We will look into the dynamics and patterns of abuse. This is intended to recognize the various traits of abuse and help you clarify how violence entered your life. Each week a handout will be provided about the topic discussed during the meeting.
There are many benefits to a support group. It provides an atmosphere of acceptance where you will be listened to and be heard by women who share the same secret of abuse in the intimacy of their marriage. Gathered around a similar experience, each woman brings her own understanding, and questions in an atmosphere of respect and confidentiality. This brings validation and support while creating a fertile ground to safely regain trust. The group’s empathy will alleviate your sense of isolation and provide you with nonjudgmental feedback, leading to self-validation.
We offer confidential advocacy appointments. Advocacy provides you with:
- Information pertinent to your specific situation
- Crisis help and a one-on-one support
- Safety planning - There are some safety precautions a survivor can take to protect herself
- Referrals to lawyers knowledgeable in domestic abuse and local resources