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Registered charity 1073866
Registered company 2537132

01633 840 258

Newport Women's Aid Ltd
56 Stow Hill
Newport
South Wales
NP20 1JG

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“Hands off” Group






Newport Women’s Aid facilitates group work with children aged 7 -12 years old who have previously lived with domestic abuse, but are now in a settled environment. The children are in one room and the mothers or carer, attend a group in another room and so provide support for their child.

The ‘Hands Off’ Group runs during term times over 10 weeks for 1¼  hours on Tuesday mornings.  Families are referred to the group by many different agencies or themselves.  The group enables the children to talk about their experiences and feelings in a safe place.  Meeting with other children can help them to understand that domestic abuse happens in other families and not just their own.  

The group discusses and explores the issues surrounding domestic abuse in a variety of ways, through discussions, reading therapeutic stories, drawing, watching a short animated DVD, showing various stories of families who have been experiencing domestic abuse, model making and trying to generally have fun; starting each session with a game.  

Each week, key messages are given out, such as – domestic abuse is never a child’s fault, it’s good to talk about your worries and hands are for helping and not for hurting.  We look at children’s worries and safety planning and in the final week each child is given a folder with all the work in to keep for themselves.








The aims of the children’s group are, to:

• Help children express and explore their feelings and beliefs around domestic   abuse.

• Help children understand that domestic abuse is not acceptable and is not their   fault.

• Allow children the opportunity of sharing with others (if they wish) their   experiences, thus helping to ‘break the secret’ of domestic abuse.

• Strengthen self-esteem and identify potential support and strategies for the   future.

• Give children a positive experience.


Quotes

‘At first I was really nervous, but as the weeks went past I really enjoyed it.  You get to play games and you will make new friends.  You will get to know people who have shared the same experience as you have.’

A child


‘The support I received from Women’s Aid ‘Hands Off’ Group was tremendous.  Just listening first and joining in when I felt ready, knowing that I was not on my own, and others had gone through similar experiences.  Even in this day and age I found little help available and Women’s Aid was a light in a long and dark tunnel.’

A mum


Click on the links below to
see our support Services.

Listening Service

Freedom Programme

Recovery Toolkit

S.T.A.R (Safety, Trust
and Respect) Young People

Click on the links below to see our Confident & Nurturing Families Project, in partnership with Barnardos.

Respect

Nurturing Programme

Incredible Years



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