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Humber College Students Envisioning Ways to End Violence Against Women

We want to hear your thoughts on violence against women.

The Redwood community outreach team visited Humber College to complete a workshop on WOTM and gender based violence. In this workshop, the WOTM documentary was shown, and we touched on topics such self-perception, leadership and the impacts of community based organizations on women experiencing violence. We also had a special guest speaker, current WOTM member Alma, who spoke about her personal journey.

Now it’s your turn!

As future social workers, how will you use what you learned in today’s workshop to support women in your upcoming careers?

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10 thoughts on “Humber College Students Envisioning Ways to End Violence Against Women”

  1. As a future social worker, I will utilize the concepts of acceptance (act therapy) and empowerment when working to support women. I feel like the most important step in therapy or when working with any individual is acceptance. Rather than working with a client to change their behaviour and thought process, it’s better to encourage them to accept what has already been done and how they can learn/grow from their experience rather than just sit there and dwell on it. By doing that, they will be able to feel more capable and strong in their situation rather than spending time trying to change what has already been done. If they don’t, they’ll be stuck in the past and have the same mental ruts. By empowering women, us as therapist are giving the client the opportunity to take control and authority over their own life. They’re able to create a plan for their own goals, what they want in life, and what they hope to achieve. No one wants to feel like someone else is running their life or that they have to depend on someone to get better, therefore, empowering women is the best skill to use. This will help women to self actualize and realize their full potential and then work towards their full potential. As a future social worker, I will ALWAYS utilize these concepts, as I feel they are the most important. I want to help my client by being there for them but allowing them to take full control.

    1. Thanks for your feedback Deanna. Your analysis and perspective on how to support women will support her in accomplishing her goals.

  2. During this very informational presentation, I learned so much about the work that the Women on the Move program, as well as what the Redwood Shelter do. I think one of the main take-home messages was that the support of other people is crucial to these women in healing from their experiences of domestic violence. I learned that women must also be empowered before they are able to make great strides in changing their life circumstances. Moreover, it must not be the social workers who are empowering the women, but rather it must be the victims of domestic violence who empower themselves through the program and other supports.
    Listening to Alma speak about her personal experience with domestic violence was very inspiring and gave more insight into what the Women on the Move program does. She also taught us that until self-perception is positively altered, changing negative life circumstances will be very difficult. She was also very inspiring about her experience with gaining leadership skills, which I also learned is one of the main skills taught in the program.
    Overall, the presentation done by the Redwood community outreach team was very informational and it introduced so many helpful pieces of information on how to support women who have experienced or who are experiencing domestic violence.

  3. Thanks for your feedback Hayley. We’re glad to see you took back so much from our presentation. You are absolutely right, it is important for counsellors to support women with empowering themselves. As social workers we’re simply a guide who works in partnership with our clients. Ultimately, our clients have to determine what’s best for them.

  4. During the WOTM presentation, I was enlightened and engaged by the topics and ideas that the agency was advocating. It was highlighted that instilling independence and hope into individuals is a key aspect to the healing and rehabilitation of victims of violence. I learned about the inspiring first-hand memoirs of real survivors; they taught me that circumstances of domestic violence can be damaging, but it is possible to rise from the perception of hopelessness and helplessness, and emerge more resilient and empowered than ever imagined. Working with this population has always been my aspiration, and after the visit from WOTM, I now see what an enriching path this will be. I will carry forward with me a determination to empower these women and their families, and help them peruse their goals as they navigate their way back to safety and autonomy, surrounded by a community of support.

    1. Thanks for sharing Racheal. I’m glad you found the workshop helpful. We wish you all the best in your social work practice.

  5. As a future social worker, this presentation strongly empowered me to pursue my career in the domestic violence field. The presentation has expanded my learning towards helping individuals (women) who are being faced with domestic violence. I strongly believe that the empowerment perspective plays a major role in dealing with someone who has experienced domestic violence. Empowerment gives an individual the opportunity to gain control over their lives to make the right decision. This presentation opened up my eyes to a whole new view of the social work sector, and I wish that one day I could empower an individual who is faced with issues such as domestic violence.

    1. Great insight Marie. You are absolutely right, it is important to support women with gaining empowerment. The road to healing can sometimes be long but it’s important to allow women to take the lead and self-determine.

  6. The presentation on domestic violence was very informative. Being able to hear a story first hand makes it much more real. I was shocked to hear about women and children being turned away from other shelters because of their economic status. Although shocking, this is a motivator. As a future Social Worker, I want to always provide the services needed to everyone, no matter what they have or what they look like. I will also make sure to be patient. Not every situation is the same, and I think it is crucial to be patient and work at the pace of the individual coming for help and support. Domestic violence is very real and unfortunately is happening every day. Creating awareness, support, and hope to anyone in a domestic violence situation, I believe, should be priority for any worker, in any shelter.

    Thank you to all the guest speakers. It was a very engaging presentation and I learned a lot.

    -Lisa

    1. Thanks for your insight Lisa. We’re glad you found our presentation informative. There is still a lot of work to be done to ensure women are treated with respect when accessing service. We at The Redwood have been working hard to ensure we meet the needs of women who need our support. We will continue to advocate and break down barriers for women. We’re glad to hear you’ll be advocating alongside us in the near future.

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