Alternatives to Violence
Violence against women is not a private family issue. It is a community and public health issue affecting not only the abuser and his victim but everyone around them.
Alternatives to Violence – Victim Support
This program provides assistance primarily to women and children experiencing relationship violence.
Deltassist’s Alternatives To Violence program includes individual and group counselling for adult female victims of relationship violence and survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Groups that you may find helpful in dealing with violence in relationships can be found on our Groups page. Here are some of our groups for women:
Age: 19+ or teen living independently
Referral sources: No special referral requirements
Outreach services: Yes
- A range of supportive services that promote healthy functioning and independence including finding safe, stable living arrangements, seeking financial assistance, understanding legal rights, etc.
- Counselling services
This group is for women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The group will create a safe environment for you to give voice to your story and feel validated. You will be encouraged to create your own internal and external safety. The group will cover topics like establishing boundaries, consolidating a sense of self, reflecting on the journey and cultivating a future from here on.
Referral source: No special referral requirements
Outreach services: Yes
- Individual counselling
Freedom From Abuse In Relationships (FAIR)
Deltassist is facilitating a group for women who have experienced relationship abuse at some point of their lives. Living with abuse and violence can harm both physical and psychological health. Everyone has a right to a safe and healthy relationship that is free from violence and fear. Women will learn about the cycle of abuse, why abuse happens and the impact of abuse both on themselves and the children. They will learn healthier communication skills and self care techniques.
In this group women participants will learn what self esteem is and how abuse impacts self esteem. They will learn about self assessment tools and about healthier thinking patterns using acceptance paradox. They will identify their own strengths and use these to enhance their self esteem.
Boundaries and Assertiveness
Women participants will have a deeper understanding for building boundaries, understanding assertiveness, and developing a healthier self worth. Sometimes being a people pleaser seems easier than being assertive. Women will recognize that they are worth way more than that and create an ability to say ‘no’ when they want to. The participants will learn a healthy style of conducting interpersonal relationships where they don’t have to give up on their own needs and still have respect for others’ needs.
For online resources on dealing with violence, visit our Delta Opposes Violence Everywhere (DOVE) page.