Domestic violence is any form of abusive behavior of one partner toward another. It can be mental or physical abuse; but regardless of the type of domestic violence, it can cause serious consequences to the victims. According to the National Violence against Women Survey in 2000, “One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.” The Victims of Violence Progam offers support group activities to help counsel victims of domestic abuse.
1. Ongoing Domestic Violence Support Group -
"Journey Beyond Abuse"
o This support group is offered to female victims of domestic violence. It is a place where victims/survivors can share their inner feelings with others that are going through the same experiences. Survivors lean on each other for support, advice, guidance and encouragement. In addition to support, the group offers an educational component that addresses issues such as understanding the impact of abuse, abuse related issues for survivors, common responses to domestic violence experiences, and looking toward the furture.
Domestic Violence Education Group
o This educational group is offered to any victim of domestic violence. This group is a 6 week group that is offered in the Spring and Fall of each year. The purpose of the education classes is to create an understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence, to build the self-esteem and self-confidence of victims, and to help victims realize that the abuse is not their fault. In addition, victims can learn about various community resources that can offer assistance and support with issues related to domestic violence.