Blue Skies- LGBTIQ Domestic Violence Support
Who is it for?
Relationships Australia NSW and ACON are working in partnership to provide group programs to support LGBTIQ people in overcoming domestic violence in safe, non-judgmental and inclusive spaces. Blue Skies: Surviving Abuse is an 8-session support group for partners who have experienced violence from an intimate partner.
What will it be like?
It is common for people to experience some initial anxiety over the prospect of participating in a group, and don’t know what to expect. Being in a group offers a safe, supportive environment where you can share your thoughts and ideas, and learn from others experiencing similar challenges. Group participants say they feel less alone, isolated and judged, and that groups help in finding new solutions to dilemmas or problems.
Our groups typically have 8-12 participants. The group facilitators provide information, create discussion, allow for self-reflection, goal setting and learning new skills. You will experience a positive, practical approach that builds on strengths within yourself and in your relationships. Participating in a group program is an effective way to gain the confidence to turn negative habits and cycles into positive ones, manage strong emotions constructively and create the future you want.
- Clarify your problems.
- Gain new perspectives.
- Work through change.
How can it help me?
The group will support you in understanding violent and abusive behaviour and learn about safe and respectful relationships. It also helps strengthen attitudes and skills necessary to develop respectful, fair and loving relationships. A supportive component for children is also offered.
All clients are required to attend two individual assessment sessions with a Relationships Australia Counsellor, prior to admission into this group.
At the completion of the group, you will be able to:
- Identify violent and abuse behaviours and relationship patterns;
- Understand the dynamics of the victimisation and how to make safety plans;
- Articulate and integrate positive relationship styles;
- Understand and adopt communication skills;
- Ascertain personal needs and develop goals for the future.
Booking this program
Fees are determined based on your income at a level affordable to you. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay fees.