Young People’s Services

 

BCWA have launched two new support services for young women aged between 11 – 20 years old at risk of domestic abuse.

 

One to one support:

BCWA provide specialist 1:1 support for young women who have been affected 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 on the needs of each young person we work with. We can advocate on behalf of a client, support her to attend appointments, 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 and girls who have experienced domestic abuse, or who are vulnerable to entering abusive relationships.

The group is intended as a safe and non-judgemental space where young women can explore feelings about any negative experiences they may have already had, and learn about protective behaviours they can put in place in future relationships.

Over the course of six weekly sessions, participants will 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 after the course of the programme it is felt that a young person requires further support, our Young People’s Outreach Officer can meet with them on a 1:1 basis to provide emotional and practical support and advocacy.

If you are a young person and would like to get support, or you are a colleague who would like to refer a client,  please ring the helpline on 02083139303 or email info@bcwa.org.uk / lucy.f@bcwa.org.uk

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