CVFR offers experiential workshop

By From page B1 | January 21, 2013

The Center for Violence Free Relationships will offer a unique experiential exercise for anyone who wishes to understand how we all play a role in ending domestic violence and sexual assault.

Set for 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 2, it is called “Walking the Walk.” The workshop is a domestic violence and sexual violence awareness exercise that is designed to allow the participants to experience the issues and emotions survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence face every day. This exercise was created to give participants a better understanding of the true complexity of domestic violence and sexual assault and the lasting impact it has on the survivor and their loved ones.

In this workshop, you will become the survivor. You will learn about the different responses survivors receive from family, friends, and community members as you weave your way through your character’s story. At times, you will be asked to make life choices, and understand the consequences of your decisions for your character.

The goal of the exercise is multifaceted: to increase awareness of the struggles that people with abusive partners face; to illustrate that domestic violence and sexual assault are a community tragedy, not a private problem; to show that we all have a role in the movement to end DV; and to encourage people to think creatively to end domestic violence and sexual assault in our community and beyond.

“Walk the Walk” is based on the real-life experiences of survivors. Participation in the two-hour workshop is free to the public and will be held at the Center for Violence Free Relationships, 344 Placerville Drive, Suite 11 (around the back of the building), Placerville.

For more information on the “Walk” contact Martha Borders at the center, 530-626-1450 or 916-939-4464 or [email protected]

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