The mental health effects of domestic violence is not as widely recognised or funded as the physical affects. Yet it is longer lasting. Woman's Trust aims to empower women to overcome the debilitating mental health effects of domestic violence through specialist couselling.
It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1143513)
Women present with PTSD, depression, agoraphobia, suicidal ideation, self-harm, stress and anxiety sometimes long after their experience of domestic violence. Casework suggests that without addressing the psychological impact, women struggle to progress, with it affecting confidence, causing anxiety/depression up to 10 years on. In research by Woman's Trust and London Metropolitan University (2008), women affected by DV cited mental health services as crucial to recovery.
Woman's Trust will provide: one to one specialist counselling to women; workshops; support groups; court advocacy; and will work strategically to raise awareness of the mental health effects of domestic violence and improve the provision of mental health support to women.
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