THE PATH TO LONG TERM HEALING
Our programmes are designed to address trauma through a holistic approach addressing the physical, emotional and mental effects of women's experience of domestic and sexual violence/abuse.
We see the goal of healing as not only surviving but opening up to the possibility of thriving, reclaiming control and finding happiness.
Our survivor programmes include:
Phoenix group -
Phoenix is a 6 week awareness raising group run by qualified IDSVA’s.
This is an open, rolling group offering flexibility to be able to attend on an informal basis. It will consider the different dynamics of abuse, safety planning in or when leaving the relationship and how to identify abusive relationships in the future.
Many women will not realise their relationship is abusive, particularly if this behaviour has been witnessed through childhood, or if there has been more than one abusive partner or family member.
Phoenix will help women make an informed decision on their current or future relationships in a non-judgemental way.
Recovery toolkit -
A closed group for women no longer in the abusive relationship and is run by Cardiff Women's Aid trained staff and is tailored to our survivor group.
This specifically addresses the emotional effects of domestic abuse. It helps women to regain control of their lives by building self-esteem, confidence and assertion.
Group work can be a useful way for women to build confidence, meet new people and to know others have gone through similar experiences.
Recovery toolkit is a safe place to explore these experiences and the emotional effects that may be impacting on everyday life.
We have a free couselling service that is available to anyone who has been affected by domestic or sexual violence/abuse.
Up to 20 sessions are available but unfortunately we do have a short waiting list.
This service is supported by volunteer counsellors who give their time freely to support recovery and healing.
Supporting survivor networks -
Cardiff Women's Aid is in the process of upgrading the support we give to our survivors (both current and ex service users).
Our Prosper Project is being developed to offer face to face group meetings backed up with online community support and development.
Behaviour change programmes -
We have a programme in development that will use evidence based methodologies to support identifying and then changing deeply embedded unhealthy behaviour patterns that women have developed to cope with abusive perpetrator behaviour.
Therapy retreat programmes -
We are currently developing a multi-day programme guided by trauma experts and practitioners during which survivors can learn about the impact of trauma on the body, mind and spirit.
The programme explores trauma-informed methods of holistic healing all facilitated in a nurturing environment.
Improving community response -
This element of our work focuses on improving systems that lessen the trauma survivors experience, ensuring greater access to justice for survivors and changing attitudes about violence and abuse.