* Moving Forward After Domestic Violence

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REAL PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE – “MOVING FORWARD” AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

This is a timely project coming up to the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence with November 25 marking the first day. This an internationally recognised period aimed at raising awareness and preventing all forms of violence against women.

The effects of domestic violence can often prevail long after the immediate threat is over, with women frequently encountering many obstacles on their journey to financial and personal security.

In a bid to assist women in overcoming some of these challenges, Central Coast Community Women’s Health Centre  have established “Moving Forward”, a mentoring program for women who are isolated, socially disadvantaged and have experienced domestic violence and are ready to move onto work, further education or establish their own business.

Co-ordinator Paula Jarman said”  “This project is an opportunity to help create a positive future for women who have experienced domestic violence. By volunteering to become a mentor. You may make support a woman to make real and positive change her life. It may be encouraging and supporting her to go to TAFE, University, work, start up her own business or it may be just having those important conversations over a coffee.

 

Women mentors are needed to join the program and commit approximately 25 hours over 6 months to support a mentee as they consider their future goals or aspirations. Mentors will attend training in understanding domestic violence, trauma informed care, accidental counselling and mentoring, and will be matched with a participant who shares common interests.

If you are a woman, with the time and skills to assist another woman in their journey please consider becoming a part of this rewarding program that offers hope and the possibility of a great future to women who have experienced domestic violence.

Information sessions for both mentees and mentors will be held on Thursday and Friday 3rd and 4th December. Contact the project workers in your region to register your interest and find out more.

Hunter Women’s Centre, Mayfield                                          Phone 4968 2511

Central Coast Women’s Health Centre, Wyong                  Phone 4351 1152

Carrie’s Place, Maitland                                                                 Phone

The program is funded by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and was developed by Hunter Women’s Centre – a not for profit organisation which provides services to improve the health and wellbeing of the women of the Hunter.