Violence against women is not unpredictable, but it also doesn't fit the stereotypes and myths. By knowing what to look for, we can be vigilant when we need to, not anxious all the time. By recognising danger early, and having planned for it in advance, we can enact our safety plan when we need to, rather than restricting ourselves all the time.
Unfortunately, in Australia about 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted, and 60% of sexual assault victims are under 19. Obviously society needs to change. Until it does, from an early age, women need to have a realistic picture of where and when they are most at risk, and what they can do to stay safe while still living life to the fullest.
These workshops are delivered in a safe, sensitive, interactive way. They are critical for teens starting to attend parties, considering dating, for young women preparing for travel or university, and for parents who want to support their children in making safe choices. If you want to learn these skills with a group of people you are comfortable with, please ask about booking a workshop for you and your friends.
- Listening to your feelings
- Red flags (warning signs)
- Safety habits
- Acting on red flags
You will learn:
- How to listen to your feelings and distinguish well-founded fear from un-founded anxiety.
- Spotting red flags and risk factors so you can be vigilent when you need to, not all the time.
- Build everyday safety-habits that are non-restrictive, but minimise risk and maximise escape routes.
- What to do when you spot red flags.
Who is it for?
This workshop is essential for all women, especially for teens starting to attend parties, date, hang out with friends, and for young women preparing for travel or university. Workshops will be held at Personal Strength throughout the year for teenagers, uni students, parents and other adults. Workshops for schools, or pre-organised groups can be scheduled by arrangement.
The first workshop only will be half price:
$50 $25 per person
- 2-hour workshop
- Email series to help you practice and implement the skills learned
This workshop has been designed and will be taught by Nicky Weeks, a PhD and Masters-qualified psychologist, and black belt. Nicky is passionate about this topic. She is trained in trauma-informed care, Acceptance Committment Therapy, and has attended a DV-alert workshop in addition to extensive research in this area.