Survivor Empowerment
Programme

Deciding to leave your family or a marriage you have been forced into, catapults you into a new life that can be bewildering, lonely and scary at first.

With no experience of the freedoms now available to you, and perhaps under pressure from others to return to your past life, it can be tempting to go back.

Deciding to leave your family or a marriage you have been forced into catapults you into a new life that can be bewildering, lonely and scary at first.

With no experience of the freedoms now available to you, and perhaps under pressure from others to return to your past life, it can be tempting to go back.

We are delighted to announce that Karma Nirvana have now developed, in partnership with Springboard, an Empowerment Programme for survivors of forced marriages and/or honour abuse. This programme aims to support survivors in the journey towards rebuilding their new lives beyond honour systems, so they maximise their full potential and work towards embracing their new freedoms and independence. Our programme is the first of its kind and will fill a significant nationally recognised gap in support, pertinent to survivors of honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

We are NOW taking referrals for the November 2018 programme and if you wish to be considered please click on the below link that applies to you. We are pleased to announce that this programme is currently funded by Instructus and therefore there is no cost for those referring, so places will be in demand and we would recommend that you register your interest in September, and by the second week of October. The programme will run over monthly sessions aiming to be completed by March 2019.

Survivors often describe how normal everyday behaviours were made to seem wrong or shameful when they were growing up in Britain. Many survivors have been forced to break ties with family for not conforming to expected levels of behaviour. Survivors experience a lack of understanding due to their chosen sexuality, resulting in family pressures. Survivors speak of how marriages were thrust upon them against their will. Many find the courage to finally break free after years of torment that includes being worn down, emotionally blackmailed and coerced.

The empowering, Springboard Women's Development Programme will explore the belief and value systems related to honour-based abuse and forced marriages. It will support survivors to redefine honour away from notions of dishonour, returning the word to its roots in rights, freedom and independence. Over the sessions survivors will, together, share this safe confidential space with like-minded individuals and support each other with the rebuilding of their lives.

Many themes will be explored including exploring the pressure to return home, missing family due to disownment, fractured relationships, contact with family, and managing risk and the impact on children.  The programme will provide a practical and emotional framework to support survivors to live independently and to embrace their new found freedom. So far, we have piloted the programme and aim to roll it out nationally.

Add yourself to our waiting list or contact us if you are a professional wishing to make a referral.

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