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MOVE a Groupwork Programme dealing with Domestic Violence
Violence towards women by an intimate partner is a significant social problem in our society adversely affecting many victims and their relationships. In recent years, awareness of domestic violence and abuse has increased dramatically. 147 women have been murdered in Ireland since 1996, 80 of these victims were murdered in their own homes by men that they were or had been in relationships with. The very nature of domestic violence as private, “hidden in the home”, makes it difficult to account for the real extent of the problem. However, notwithstanding a lack of official records, there is amble evidence that a serious problem exists with regards the incidence of domestic violence.
Incidents of abuse in Ireland show that, in line with international trends, one in every five women will experience abuse by a current or former partner. A One in seven woman has experienced severely abusive behaviour of a physical, sexual or emotional nature from an intimate partner at some time in their lives.
The issue has been brought to the forefront of public attention by notorious incidents. Some extreme incidents were reported in 2007 and 2008 affecting families severely. High profile cases of domestic abuse continue to be reported in the media as a result of judicial proceedings. Though these cases are the tip of an iceberg, they do indicate that the level of domestic violence which exists in our society of an extremely high level of incidence and therefore concerning.
MOVE (Men Overcoming Violence) is a voluntary organisation working in the area of domestic violence to help secure positive outcomes by stimulation behavioural self-help amongst perpetrators. MOVE support the safety and wellbeing of women and children who are experiencing or have experienced violence/abuse in their intimate relationships. This will often involve varying dimensions of physical, verbal, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual violence/abuse and includes the threat of violence as well as the use of violence to partners and other family members.
MOVE provides group-work intervention programmes for men who perpetrate these types of violence and want to change their behaviour. These topics include, defining abuse, creating trusting relationships, giving and receiving respect, taking responsibility for actions, creating effective communication and negotiating a better balanced and more caring relationship within partnerships.
The group provides an excellent forum to process, discuss and address the comprehensive and varied issues that are covered in the programme. MOVE encourages men to be active within the group setting by self-addressing abusive behaviour and controlling influences within their individual intimate relationships.
MOVE helps men who have abused to find a greater sense of who they are by self-growth in the ability to learn, appreciate, achieve, expand and experience. They can learn new perspectives on a deeper level by gaining an understanding of their behaviour and achieve a more satisfied outcome in their relationships.
To refer someone to the group, self refer or get more information please contact Angela Gravelle – MOVE Area Co-ordinator at 067 27882, 087 755212, 067 31800.
Furthermore, North Tipperary has a women’s service covering the whole county. Ascend is a support service for women who have, or are experiencing domestic abuse/violence in their relationships. Please contact confidential line 0505 23999, office 0505 23379 or 086 8283399.
My focus is on peace, domestic peace
Peace within the home
Inside the walls
Deep in my heart
My focus is on the light
No more darkness for me
My focus is on the children
To nurture and raise them
Ascend Client, 2008