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 1: Your Rights and the Impact of Abuse
Your Rights and the Impact of Abuse
Session I Text
Fundamental to all we teach in Pattern Changing is the belief that we possess certain basic rights in our lives. These rights are not selfish; they belong to everyone, including yourself, your children, and your partner. They are not selfish because they apply to everyone. Your understanding and acceptance of these rights must come first if you want to change the old pattern of abuse and victimization into a new pattern of controlling your own life.
Your Bill of Rights
You have the right to be you.
You have the right to put yourself first.1
You have the right to be safe.
You have the right to love and be loved.
You have the ...