Young People’s Services

One to One Support:

 

BCWA provide specialist 1:1 support for young women (aged 13-25) who have been impacted by domestic abuse. We can support a young person over the telephone or meet with them privately in a safe location to offer confidential advice on a range of practical and emotional issues.

 

The nature of the support we provide varies depending upon the particular needs of each client we work with. We can advocate on behalf of a young person, support her through the court process, or simply provide a listening, non-judgemental ear.

 

BCWA support young women to rebuild self-esteem, helping them to recognise that the abuse is not their fault and that there is help available if they wish to access it.

 

 

Peer Support Groups:

 

BCWA facilitate a peer support programme for young women (aged 16-25) who have experienced domestic abuse.

 

The group runs over the course of six weeks and covers topics such as healthy and unhealthy relationships, the impacts of domestic abuse and strategies for managing difficult emotions effectively. The aim of the group is to raise awareness amongst young women of some of the warning signs to look out for in future relationships, whilst also providing a safe space in which they can discuss some of their own previous experiences.
The programme is free and crèche spaces are available on a first come first serve basis.

 

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Work in Schools:

 

BCWA deliver a bespoke package of assemblies and workshops in schools, colleges and other youth settings. The aim of our workshops is to raise awareness of teenage intimate relationship abuse and highlight some of the warning signs young people can look out for.

 

We also facilitate peer support programmes in youth settings. We work with groups of up to 10 students who have either experienced domestic abuse or who have been identified by professionals as vulnerable to entering unhealthy relationships in the future.

 

Over the course of six weekly sessions, participants explore topics such as: healthy and unhealthy relationships, consent, digital abuse, gender roles, body image and self-esteem. We use a combination of film, drama games and engaging activities in order to make the experience as fun as possible for all young people involved.

 

If you are a young person and would like to access support, or a professional who would like to refer a client, please email info@bcwa.org.uk or call 02083139303 and ask to speak to a member of our young people’s team.

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