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Chapter : Introduction
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 [Page 2]abused women, (b) ...