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Big plans for 2014!

Well guys, it’s 2014! Many of you I bet are hoping that this year will be a better one than last year, I know I certainly felt that way about 2010… unfortunately it wasn’t until 2013 that things started to really turn around for me and my kids. One of the things that really made life more tolerable was the support I received from other survivors. That is what this website is all about, and we want you to know that you are not alone.

new-beginning-quoteFor those of you new to us here at 1 in Four, we are a group of women survivors of domestic violence who recognise that it is extremely important to address the issue of isolation, both in terms of isolation within the abusive relationship but as well, isolation from others when you have “left”. There are many, many terrific services available to help women who have experienced abuse of all kinds, but it is knowing how to get in touch with those services that can really limit how much support a woman and her children get. As survivors ourselves we have struggled with coming to terms with our own stories of DV (in itself a huge thing to do and one that can be totally overwhelming) as well as struggled to find services and agencies that can help us move forward with our lives; we have felt the stigma, we have defended ourselves against lies (and the ensuing involvement of child protection workers)… basically we get it. We started 1 in Four because we want to help women connect with the agencies out there that can help and we want our stories to help and encourage you.

1 in Four has big plans for 2014! We want this year to be one of forging new relationships and spreading beyond our borders. We want to do our part in raising awareness about abuse but most of all we want to help women and children to get connected.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and alone and not sure even how to start, I want to encourage you to check out this group: Women’s Weekly…just look on our Calendar of monthly events and click on it to get the information. This group is informal and yet very well structured, you can go alone and nobody will look at you weird because there are new people every week – plus there is free childcare! This group made a huge difference for me and for many others that I have talked to.

Whatever your circumstances and wherever you or someone you love is on their journey, know that you are not alone. If this website has helped you or if you wish to offer any words of encouragement to others who come here please would you consider leaving a comment in the section below (anonymous is fine!). Thanks friends.

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About cjw

A mother of three and a survivor of domestic violence, I am passionate about helping women who feel isolated and alone, women who may have children that are profoundly impacted by the trauma of domestic violence and women who need to understand where they can go to get help for themselves and their families. I am a registered nurse who has worked for the last 16 years in a critical care area only to have to flee to a women’s shelter and have my whole life changed. I know fear, I know pain and I now know food banks…I’m in good company.

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