Making Safe Connections was a joint project between WCHM, Beryl Women’s Inc and the YWCA Housing Support Unit, with assistance from Disability ACT’s Innovation Grants Program. The project piloted a facilitated support group for women who were isolated due to long term domestic violence and abuse. The facilitators provided mentoring to the women on parenting issues arising from having lived with violence.
The project ran for a period of 10 weeks, and feedback from participants indicated that there was evidence of real change, including:
- The development of individual capacity, especially in terms of improvement in self-esteem, confidence and identification of key strengths
- Awareness about guilt in parenting and recognition of self-care as a way of ensuring sustainable parenting strategies
- Recognition about the importance of facing one’s fear as a challenge
- Transformation of crisis into a learning experience and means of supporting other women with similar stories