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Women's Safety Program

Women's Safety Program

The Women’s Safety Program provides education and training workshops for vulnerable women with a sensory or physical disability or otherwise considered ‘at risk’, that aim to increase self-reliance, empowerment, and personal safety.

The program has two offerings: 

Women’s Safety Program Workshop Series

The workshop series presented by specialists offers a range of topics such as saying no, de-escalating conflict, financial wellbeing, managing stress and much more. 

More information below or register here

Workshops will run fortnightly on Wednesday from 12.30pm – 2.30pm and is free.

Women’s Safety 12 – Week Program

The program will include workshops delivered by experts that explore topics such as respectful relationships, self-defence, home security, and online safety. Application to the 12-week program is through referrals only. 

The Women’s Safety Program is generously funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services’ Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities grant.

There is no cost for participants or their carers/support persons.

Workshops will run fortnightly on Wednesdays from 12.30pm – 2.30pm in  the Griffin Centre

 

The Art of Saying No and Setting Boundaries respectfully

21 February 2024

Explore the intricate dance of communication styles, meeting your needs, and resolving conflicts with respect. Register here

Stress Better

6 March 2024

The session is designed to build an understating of stress and self-care. This session allows participants to identify stressors as well as equipping them with tools to manage stress more effectively. Register here

Respect and your rights in a relationship

20 March 2024

Understanding respect and consent: what does it mean and what does it look & sound like? Your rights in a relationship. Register here

Nurturing financial safety

3 April 2024

Discover tools and strategies to help you build financial confidence and nurture your financial safety. Register here

Online Safety

1 May 2024

Foundation online skills such as safe passwords, privacy settings on apps, and avoiding scams. Register here

Improving your home security

15 May 2024

Improving home security against property crime, ideas and strategies of make your home safer with opportunity to arrange a personal home assessment. Register here

The relationship Compass: Recognising pink flags before they turn red

29 May 2024

Gain insights into identifying manipulation and toxic behaviours, exploring the Ladder of Escalation, and discovering actionable strategies to reclaim control. Register here

Wisdom in Action: Safe Conflict Management

12 June 2024

Discover the art of de-escalation when faced with difficult people and situations, empowering you to assert your boundaries confidently. Register here

The 12-week program will include weekly face-to-face classes with some online activities.

Each 12-week program will include:

  • 1 Self-defence lessons
  • 3 Self-empowerment classes
  • 2 Respectful Relationships classes
  • 1 Financial wellbeing session
  • Online Safety sessions
  • And more…

Within these workshops, we will explore:

  • Domestic Violence (DV) and the DV cycle
  • Conflict resolution
  • Communication styles
  • Healthy vs unhealthy relationships
  • Managing stress and trauma
  • Coercive control and other controlling tactics
  • What you can do as a bystander to help others
  • Online safety
  • Safety from sexual violence.

Lessons and workshops are to be delivered in an accessible manner by external trainers that specialise in the topic.

Face-to-face workshops and classes will be held in the Griffin Centre, Canberra City.

The Women’s Safety Program will run six 12-week workshop programs across 2023 and 2024.

Workshop Groups and their dates are as follows:

  • Group 1 – Tuesdays: 21 Feb – 2 May 2023 – Finished
  • Group 2 – Tuesdays: 6 June – 22 Aug 2023 – Finished
  • Group 3 – Thursdays: 10 Aug – 26 Oct 2023 – Finished
  • Group 4 – Tuesdays: 12 Sep – 28 Nov 2023 – Finished
  • Group 5 – Tuesdays: 6 Feb – 23 April 2024 – Closed for enrolments

Allow 3 hours for classes.

Group workshops are held on either Tuesdays from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm or Thursdays from 1 to 4 pm.

If you have a preference for a particular Group’s set of dates, please nominate that Workshop Group on your enrolment form. Otherwise you will be enrolled into the next available Group.

To be eligible for this program you must be:

  • A woman or identify as a woman
  • Be 18 years old or over
  • Live in Canberra or surrounds*
  • Willing and able to attend weekly classes
  • Have a sensory or physical disability or impairment
    or
    Be considered in an ‘at-risk’ or ‘vulnerable’ circumstance, demographic or situation.

 

Examples of ‘at-risk’ or ‘vulnerable’:

  • Invisible chronic illness or mental health
  • Refugee or migrant with limited support / facing other hardships or barriers
  • Single parent under financial or domestic stress
  • Indigenous or culturally diverse background
  • LGBTQI+
  • Having previously experienced Domestic or Family Violence
  • Grown up or living with others where the misuse of alcohol or drugs is a regular occurrence.

*Open to participants from surrounding areas, willing and able to undertake the travel on a weekly basis.

To access the Women’s Safety Program class materials click here:

For more information about the Women’s Safety Program email sarc@eflc.org.au

The Women’s Safety Program is an initiative of Eyes for Life Canberra through the Department of Social Services’ Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities grant.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
Visit www.dss.gov.au for more information.

Phone: 02 6176 3406

Email: sarc@eflc.org.au

Office hours: Tues – Thurs 9.30AM – 4.30PM

We are not open on Mondays or Fridays

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