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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

The Dysfunctional Childhood Legacy
The dysfunctional childhood legacy
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Factors

Although many factors may be involved in a dysfunctional family (see Table 3.1), the ones we see as significant for women in this program are primarily abuse and substance addiction. Abuse may be physical, emotional, or sexual. The victim may be a child or the mother, or all members of the family may share in the victimization. We do know that if anyone is being abused in any way, all members of the family are affected by it. Although we do not believe it causes abuse, addiction to alcohol or other substances plays a large role in a majority of families where abuse is present.

Table 3.1 Family Profiles
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