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
Chapter 13: Healthy Relationships
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Do Healthy Relationships Really Exist?
It is understandably hard for a woman who has been abused, perhaps all her life, and who may never have experienced a healthy relationship to imagine what it is like or believe it can even exist. If you dream that a healthy relationship is one that arrives full-blown in the form of a perfect knight on a white horse who catapults you into a Brady Bunch existence, you would be quite right in not believing that such a relationship exists. Reality teaches us that this scenario rarely, if ever, occurs except in soap operas and sitcoms. Perfection in relationships, as in other areas of life, does not exist. A relationship grows gradually in health and strength ...