A series of courses specially developed to help women cope with the aftermath of domestic abuse gets underway in Nottinghamshire this month (September), thanks to Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.
Mr Tipping secured £228,175 in July from the Ministry of Justice’s PCC Competed Fund to pay for projects supporting women affected by domestic abuse. He has earmarked £125,000 of that sum to finance the Rights and Recovery project that includes five healthy relationship courses for women survivors in the city and ten in the county.
“Learning about healthy relationships is an important part of helping victims to cope with the effects of domestic abuse and recover from the harm they have experienced,” explained Deputy Commissioner Chris Cutland, who heads up the work for Mr Tipping on domestic abuse-related issues.
“Abuse behind closed doors in what should be the safety of home is traumatic, affecting not only the present but the future for many women who experience it,” she went on. “These courses are designed to enable survivors to reach a greater understanding of domestic abuse, why and how it happens and the impact it has on both them and their children.”
Understanding what has happened is only part of the course. Participants will also be shown how to recognise what is and what is not a healthy relationship, including recognition of the use of power and control.
“My hope is that the women who attend these courses will emerge with greater self-esteem and confidence so that they feel less isolated, more informed and more empowered about the choices they have,” the Deputy Commissioner said.
The Rights and Recovery project’s other groups include five healthy relationship programmes specifically aimed at South Asian women, older women, lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, and women with mental health and complex needs. Ten pilot therapeutic group courses are also part of project.
Women’s Aid Integrated Services was awarded the contract to deliver the courses with what has been described as an ‘excellent bid’ following a formal evaluation process. When the project finishes in March next year, the outcomes will be evaluated independently so that lessons learned can be used in the future. The courses were developed following research last year commissioned by the Commissioner to investigate what kind of help victims need.
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Posted on Thursday 11th September 2014