West Mercia Women’s Aid
“I would not have been able to leave my abusive relationship without the help of WMWA. I have benefited greatly from the Freedom Programme and have found strength in myself to not be around toxic people, put my boundaries in place and just feel a sense of calm I have missed for a long time.”
The Recovery Pathway group programmes currently run by WMWA include:
The Freedom Programme
A 12-week programme which promotes an understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse. It looks at the beliefs that underpin domestic abuse, the tactics that abusers can use to groom, isolate and control, and illustrates the effects of domestic abuse on children. The purpose of the programme is to help women to acquire the knowledge and understanding needed to process and move on from the abuse that they have experienced, and to empower them to feel more confident in the choices that they make in the future.
Nurture – Supporting children through Domestic Abuse
An 11 week programme which helps women to understand how children and young people are affected by domestic abuse. The purpose is to assist women in helping their children to cope with the impact of living in a home where there has been domestic abuse, and suggests strategies to build a stronger and a healthier bond with their children.
Power To Change
A 12-week programme that supports women to rebuild themselves after their experience of domestic abuse. Its focus is on the repair and re-build of self-esteem and confidence, on how to set appropriate personal boundaries, and how to become more assertive following an abusive relationship. It empowers women to deal with the emotional impact of domestic abuse.
The Recovery Toolkit
A 12-week programme that helps women to recognise the psychological impact of domestic abuse, helping them to find ways to improve their psychological well-being through developing positive lifestyle and coping strategies.
What recovery support do you offer?
WMWA’s ‘Recovery Pathway’ is a programme of safe and welcoming groups that help survivors to build their own knowledge and confidence, and to help and support each other on their recovery journey. Groups include the Freedom Programme, Power to Change and Recovery Toolkit and a programme to support parents where children have been affected. When groups are unable to meet, then we will provide support over the telephone or through online forums. Support is available to women living in their own homes or in temporary accommodation, and for those at all stages of an abusive relationship – whether they are still in the relationship or have left. All groups are conducted within strict rules of confidentiality, respect and kindness. Bringing together women with a common experience of domestic abuse also helps to develop a network of survivors who can continue to support each other long after the Recovery programme has concluded.
WMWA ensures that all those attending groups feel comfortable and are able to participate fully. All groups are conducted within strict rules of confidentiality, respect and kindness. WMWA recognises that, by bringing together women with a common experience of domestic abuse, they are also helping to develop a network of survivors who can continue to support each other long after the Recovery programme has concluded.
Looking for help?
24HR DOMESTIC ABUSE HELPLINE
Herefordshire & Shropshire:
Call 0800 783 1359
Telford & Wrekin:
Call 0800 840 3747
Call 0800 980 3331
We also have Livechat available from 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday for those who want to contact our helpline silently or who prefer to text rather than talk.
If you are in immediate danger please call 999