An educational and peer support program for survivors of Domestic Violence
The Moving Forward Program is an eight week educational and peer support program specifically designed to strengthen and empower survivors of Domestic Violence. Its aim is to assist survivors to rebuild their lives and maintain a healthy emotional, physical and psychosocial well-being. This distinctive program is offered by referral to post early intervention survivors to facilitate participants’ self-empowerment for restoration of self-perception, nurture continuation of personal recovery with practical life skills and peer mentoring as intentional outcomes.
Across Australia there is a high rate of domestic violence and the Hills area is no exception. Hills Community Aid interacts with a wide variety of community members through its many programs. It was this community connection that allowed us to identify the gap in service delivery for women within the Hills area. Although there were dedicated services supporting women and families who experienced domestic violence, particularly at the crisis and recovery stages, Hills Community Aid identified a gap in services following the conclusion of these initial intervention services. This gap was confirmed through consultation with other professionals and service providers both within the Hills area and across Greater Western Sydney. The consensus was the on-going support of a woman who had suffered domestic violence needed to continue in an effective, purposeful and supported direction to maintain healthy change and development. The Moving Forward program model was developed to respond to this need and fill the gap in service delivery within the Hills and surrounding area.
“Moving Forward” provides participants with practical life-tools, social interaction and opportunities for personal development within a safe and supportive environment. The program is facilitated within a group therapy model by both a trained and experienced Facilitator and Counsellor. Each weekly 2 hour workshop integrates group activities and therapeutic discussions together with a focus topic and guest presenters. Participants also have the opportunity to connect with relevant local services for ongoing support.
The program structure encourages participants to develop peer relationships which can be supported to continue after the program has finished.
Your donation today will support women in our community who have experienced domestic violence. You’ll help them get the support they urgently need to restore their emotional well-being and rebuild their lives.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence you can contact the Australia-wide 24/7 telephone hotline 1800RESPECT for advice and support.