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

Endings and Beginnings

Endings and beginnings

Session XV Script for Leaders


  • To offer a warm social gathering in celebration of the participants' having completed Pattern Changing.
  • To provide closure.


  • Potluck contribution
  • Colored helium balloon for each participant and coleaders
  • Ink pen for everyone
  • Something to share, as assigned at last session
  • Scored copies of each woman's “Pattern Changing Progress Questionnaire” before and after completing the program
  • “Certificate of Completion of Pattern Changing” handouts (see Appendix)

Participant Profile: Olivia

Olivia's abusive husband, Oscar, died 6 months ago in a drunk driving accident. He had been a cocaine user and a pusher. At 23, Olivia is back home living with her parents, who try to be supportive but find it impossible not to treat her as their “little girl.” Olivia herself had used cocaine but believes that ...

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