Counselling women who have or are experiencing domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is perpetrated by men in 1 in 4 homes in the UK and on average 2 women a week are killed by their partners. We know that domestic abuse is a vastly under reported crime and that many women endure their abuse in silence. This session, based on the facilitator’s practitioner research, is an introduction to counselling women who have experienced or are currently experiencing domestic abuse.

The day will be particularly beneficial and useful to those working with this particular client group in a counselling role. It will also be useful to those supporting women, who have experienced domestic abuse, in raising their awareness of the impact domestic abuse has on the woman.

The day will involve group discussion, small group work etc and be participatory in nature. We will not be role playing. The sessions explores the impacting consequences of domestic abuse on the identity ‘who she knows herself to be’ of a women who has experienced such abuse and the resulting consequences on her ability to function, parent her children, hold down employment, maintain family, social and work based relationships and maintain the societal roles demanded of her.

Content of programme based on Centre practitioner research:-

• Is identity important to us

• How do we formulate our sense of identity and that of others; the relationship between identity and sense of self, self esteem and self worth

• What is domestic abuse (refresher)

• Tactics used by the male perpetrator of domestic abuse against his female partner

• Impacting consequences of abusive tactics on the woman and her sense of who she is or sense of ‘self’; looking at loss of self

• Adaptive identities or coping identities to enable her to live with or survive the abuse

• Seeking validation • Core ‘self’

• Implications for practice; working safely

• Counselling women in a violent relationship

• Counselling women who have left a violent relationship.

Though the facilitators are practised in providing a supportive environment and are mindful of the wellbeing of those attending, we do ask that individuals are aware of, and take responsibility for, their own self care needs in relation to personal issues and experiences that may be impacted on by the content of the training session.

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