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Domestic Violence Sparks Post Traumatic Stress

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7:02am 10th April 2013

Pirate FM has been told women who suffer domestic violence in Cornwall could face panic attacks, depression and post-traumatic stress.

That is even after they have escaped.

Now the Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre in Bodmin is getting ten thousand pounds to extend support sessions to Newquay.

The money comes from the lottery.

Amy from South East Cornwall went through it: "Victims can be grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunties, children, daughters, and it's something that affects everybody. Even if they don't know that it does, because they may well know someone who hasn't had the courage to speak.

"Part of the healing process, I have learnt, is actually saying the words. Whether it be just out loud on your own, or to a support group. Actually breaking the silence surrounding it is a very powerful thing. It helps you to move on."

Maggie Parks, Chief Executive of Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre said:“Pattern changing programmes are life changing experiences for women and obviously we are delighted that the Big Lottery Fund has funded us to expand our programme into other areas of Cornwall.

"Pattern changing is a 14-week programme for women who have experienced domestic abuse and it really helps enable and empower them to move forward in their lives, after the devastating experience of domestic abuse.

“The pattern changing programme helps women see the patterns of abuse, the patterns of their responses to the abuse, and it helps them to change those patterns. In no way does it suggest that women are to blame in any way – however we help them to look at the past pattern of the abuse.”

Comments from women who have completed the Pattern Changing course include: “I have learnt to say no and not just to him. I have far more confidence to ask for what is rightfully mine, what I need and want;” and “I can help my children to understand their rights and responsibilities, to be assertive and express their anger in positive ways.”

7:02am 10th April 2013

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