If it wasn’t for a neighbor calling the police I wouldn’t be here right now! Yes, I was that 1 in 4! So I know only too well how important support groups such as this one are. Did you know that domestic abuse is the number one cause of injury to women 15-44? Or that every 15 seconds a woman is attacked by her husband/partner?
Today I am talking to the creator and admin of the Facebook Group, Freedom Flowers/Domestic Violence Freedom Programme Support Group.
Please welcome Jenean
My name is Jenean Laverty, I am a mother to 4 wonderful children and a grandmother of 1. I am currently a master’s student and I love to study
Please tell the readers a little about the group.
I am a Domestic Violence (DV) survivor, therefore like most victims you feel overwhelmingly compelled to reach out to women in order to support/ prevent others suffering as I did. I made it my personal endeavor to enable women by providing them with the tools they need to recognize domestic violence and empower them to get out far sooner than I did. Domestic violence was on the rise yet there was a Lack of availability in domestic services and many displaced isolated women looking for support. Social media was becoming popular and many women who experienced DV are isolated. I thought FB would be the perfect platform to reach out as so many of us are using and relying on social media as a form of company.
What inspired you to create this group?
When I started the group freedom flowers/domestic violence support group I wanted to offer women a safe space to disclose their experiences free from judgment. I wanted to help women to understand ‘why me? I wanted to challenge the myths and facts that encompass DV. The success of the group relies on survivors and their strengths in telling their stories, sharing their experiences whether good or bad. The group is run by survivors for survivor. We (admin) believe the women are their own experts having been through the system and they provide first hand experiences. We attempted to sign post women to services by aiding them in their search for freedom. We have created a strong administration team who have experience having suffered at the hands of a perpetrator. They are mothers, they work, they offer their time for free as they know what it feels like to have nothing and feel like a nothing.
What would you like this group to accomplish?
I would love to turn flowers into a not for profits social enterprise. There is a huge lack in services at grass roots level. Places of refuge are closing; funds are being stripped away from women’s support sectors. Jobs are being lost however; policies are being created in support of the cause? Some 250 refuges thereabouts have been cut to around 190. A lack of services is creating a need for online support. This group is a success by just helping one woman, one family the group has accomplished what it set out to do, support women through the dark times on their journey to freedom.
Thank you Jenean for this much needed and very important support group!
Click on the link to find this Facebook group – Freedom Flowers/Domestic Violence Freedom Programme Support Group.
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