For the first time, women that deal with domestic violence can get in touch with those who managed to overcome an abusive relationship by means of an online platform: sieureusesc.ro. The platform’s one of kind mechanism is rooted in the personal example of those who made it, supporting women that are still trapped in the violence’s vicious circle and helping the latter.
“Women’s duty towards self sacrifice is passed down from generation to generation. That’s what I thought until I talked to the counselor specialized in domestic violence. “ says Simona, who now leads a peaceful life, although she’s in a wheelchair due to the abuse she suffered. “I thought violence meant only broken ribs until someone showed me a list of the different forms of an abuse”, says Loredana Kaschovits. “I’ve been through two abusive relationships, but I got out of them well”, says Ela. All these women managed to transform their life and now are eager to help others that are currently in the same situation as they were.
First and foremost, we invite women that overcame an abusive situation to tell their story and share who and what helped them make a change. They can send it to us via video, text or audio message. Moreover, in the “Get involved” section, people that want to help women that are facing difficult times can give a hand, regardless if they are specialists, contributors or volunteers.
On the long run, the platform wants to build local communities of winners – women that made it out of a violent relationship – that can help other women to rise above their current abusive situation, by offering information as well as confidence and moral support – key elements for a woman in that position who feels powerless and has no idea on how to end the misery. Such groups are already functioning in Sibiu, Brasov and Bucharest, and the organizers already have contracts with people who are interested in Cluj and Satu Mare.
A crucial element of these gatherings rests in building support groups with a therapeutic role, in which women that have made it out of abusive situations become resources for those that find themselves in the process of leaving violence and its consequences behind. Each group is coordinated by experienced therapists, is characterized by confidentiality and its organizers will provide the needed guidance for local support groups to be formed.
Together with the launch of the online platform www.sieureusesc.ro, we’re making a public appeal to all those who care to support these groups by means of pro-bono services or donations to contact us via the means listed on site in order to get in touch as soon as possible.
1 in 3 women was subject to physical or sexual abuse at one moment in there lifetime, and 28% of women know victims among their close family or friends. Due to its counseling services, A.L.E.G. knows the stories behind the numbers. Inspired from the direct beneficiaries’ needs, in the fall of 2017, the idea of the #SiEuReușesc campaign was born, as well as the one of the Winners’ Forum that turned into an online network – since march 2017 – and then grew naturally in a national program.
A.L.E.G. is working with the ANAIS association in Bucharest and with Pas Alternativ in from Brasov in order to create local support groups, as well as with other NGOs. The plan is to extend them to more than 10 cities in the nest 3 years.
The example that inspired the A.L.E.G. team to create such a program is that of Ana Bella from Spain, a winner of domestic violence and in the making of this groundbreaking program for Romania, the association had technical and financial assistance from Techsoup Europe, AVON, as well as the support of Ashoka Romania & Design Thinking Society. Our helping partners were Chapter 4 Romania, DoR, Recorder, Luthelo.
A.L.E.G. – the Association for Gender Freedom and Equality, is a Sibiu based NGO that is active for more than 14 years in the prevention and fight against violence towards women.
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