At W.O.M.A.N., Inc., we strive not only to empower domestic violence survivors but also to break the cycle of violence that occurs from generation to generation.
During the past month of June, people all over the world celebrated Children’s Day. This day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the issues that affect our children and youth, and domestic violence is one of the biggest causes of harm to children worldwide. According to Futures Without Violence’s “Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence” fact sheet, about 19.4 million children in the U.S. may be exposed to family violence in their lifetimes. The emotional and psychological trauma of witnessing violence is similar to that of direct abuse. This summer, we kindly ask you to support the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. services that work towards supporting families affected by domestic violence.
W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Children’s Group offers support to children of survivors while their survivor parent is simultaneously attending W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Peer Support Groups. The children are provided with a safe and supportive environment where they can process their own experiences around violence and practice healthy and respectful relationships with other children. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. works with these children in a non-judgmental manner while also seeking to foster high self-esteem in youngsters who haven’t had many chances to develop this quality in their lives. By holding the Children’s Group concurrently with the Peer Support Groups, we also make access to our services more convenient to survivors.
During our Children’s Group, Marriage Family Therapy Interns and volunteers facilitate art projects as a tool that is both fun and helps youth in their process of healing. In 2012, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. won the Ellen Magnin Newman award for incorporating art into our Children’s and Peer Support Groups.
Help us continue to provide these essential services to survivors and their children by becoming a monthly donor today. These lifesaving programs could not occur if it wasn’t for the passionate support of donors and activists just like you. It is caring people like you who enable us to carry out the work we do to end domestic violence in our communities.
Thank you for everything you do to support domestic violence survivors!
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Executive Director
The illustration depicts art created by our Children’s Group participants.