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Designed for facilitators of groups for physically, emotionally and sexually abused women, this volume examines a programme that focuses on the woman herself and her power to change the course of her life. The book is based on the accumulated experience of the authors and their continuing evaluation of groups they have facilitated over the past eight years. Both material for clients and easy-to-follow scripts for group leaders are included. Educational rather than therapeutic, the programme includes sessions on family roles, boundaries, feelings and assertiveness skills. It is designed to enable abused women to: understand the problem and reality of abuse for the entire family; set realistic goals; become aware of lifelong

Introduction
Introduction
Marilyn ShearGoodman
Philosophy

Pattern Changing came into being through attentive listening to the expressed needs of abused women and a deep commitment to attempting to fill those needs. Fundamental to all we teach is a firm belief in basic rights for all persons, an understanding of and ability to set boundaries, and the development of assertiveness skills to ask for our rights and to protect our boundaries. We believe that although anyone may have a brief involvement with an abuser, a woman who possesses this threefold foundation of rights, boundaries, and assertiveness will never be a chronic victim of domestic abuse.

We believe that a combination of four components contributes the most to success in changing patterns: (a) a support group with other abused women, (b) ...

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