A 12-week program for vulnerable women to increase self-reliance, empowerment and personal safety
Women’s Safety Program
The Women’s Safety Program is a 12-week program focused on prevention that provides education and training workshops for vulnerable women with a sensory or physical disability or otherwise considered ‘at risk’. The program aims to increase self-reliance, empowerment and personal safety.
The program includes self-defence lessons and workshops delivered by experts that explore topics such as respectful relationships, self-development, what you can do to help others and online safety.
The Women’s Safety Program is generously funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services’ Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities grant.
The Women’s Safety Program will run six 12-week workshop groups across 2023 and 2024.
Workshop Groups and their dates are as follows:
Group 1 – Tuesdays: 21 Feb – 9 May 2023
Group 2 – Tuesdays: 6 June – 22 Aug 2023
Group 3 – Thursdays: 10 Aug – 26 Oct 2023
Group 4 – Tuesdays: 12 Sep – 28 Nov 2023
Group 5 – Tuesdays: 6 Feb – 23 April 2024
Group 6 – Thursdays: 7 Mar – 23 May 2024
There is no cost for eligible participants or their carers/support persons.
Workshops and classes
The Women’s Safety Program is a 12-week course of weekly classes.
The 12-week program will include:
- 3 Self-defence lessons
- 4 Self-empowerment classes
- 2 Respectful Relationships classes
- 3 Self-reflection sessions
Lessons and workshops will be delivered by external trainers that specialise in the topic.
Topics covered are:
- Domestic violence (DV) and it’s cycle
- Conflict resolution
- Communication styles
- Healthy vs unhealthy relationships
- Managing stress
- Coercive control and other controlling tactics
- What you can do as a bystander to help others
- Online safety
- Safety from sexual violence
Classes run for 3 hours.
Classes are held on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons at the Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Canberra city, on a weekly basis. Each 12-week program includes 3 self-defence classes at a martial arts studio on Sunday.
To be eligible for this program you must be:
- A woman or identify as a woman
- Be 18 years old or over
- Live in Canberra or surrounds*
- Willing and able to attend weekly classes
- Have a sensory or physical disability or impairment or be considered ‘at-risk’ or ‘vulnerable’
Examples of ‘at-risk’ or ‘vulnerable’:
- Invisible chronic illness or mental health
- Refugee or migrant with limited support/facing other hardships or barriers
- Single parent under financial or domestic stress
- Indigenous or culturally diverse background
- Having previously experienced Domestic or Family Violence
- Grown up or living with others where the misuse of alcohol or drugs is a regular occurrence
*Open to participants from surrounding areas, willing and able to undertake the travel on a weekly basis.
Eyes for Life Canberra is a not-for-profit charity that supports people of all ages with eyesight problems. We help people to identify barriers and develop strategies to maintain their independence and fully participate in the activities of everyday life. At Eyes for Life Canberra we are focused on supporting and assisting those in need to achieve independence in their daily lives.
Through the generosity of the Australian Government Department of Social Services’ Strong and Resilient Communities grant, we can help vulnerable women achieve more independent, resilient lives that let them fully participate in life – eye condition or not.
Strong and Resilient Communities
The Women’s Safety Program is an initiative of Eyes for Life Canberra funded by the Department of Social Services’ Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities (SARC) grant.
SARC grants are provided by the Department of Social Services to support local community-driven solutions that build self-reliance and empowerment for vulnerable and disadvantaged people. The Women’s Safety Program is but one of many programs funded by SARC grants that are designed to enrich our community.
The SARC grant has enabled the creation of the Women’s Safety Program which can give vulnerable women the resources and skills they need to have in order to support and empower themselves.
Phone: 6176 3406
Where will you find us?
Eyes for Life Canberra
The Griffin Centre
Unit 6, 20 Genge St. Canberra ACT 2601
Funded by the Australian Government
Department of Social Services.
Visit www.dss.gov.au for more information.