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Jersey Women’s Refuge provide courses which are run by experienced and qualified staff in the field of supporting women affected by domestic abuse. They are aimed at any woman who has experienced domestic abuse and left such a relationship but needs support to move forward.

LIFE Course

The ‘LIFE’ Course (Learning to Incorporate Freedom and Empowerment) is a 6-week guided support group designed to enable women to break the isolation experienced as a result of being in a controlling relationship, through putting women in touch with each other to share experiences and knowledge.

The group provides encouragement to women to recognise they are not responsible for being on the receiving end of abusive behaviour. The group will also enable women to identify the ‘early signs’ of such behaviour in order to avoid becoming involved in an abusive/controlling relationship in the future.

Focusing on re-building self-esteem and looking to a positive future is the overall goal of this initiative.

Free to be a Mum

A 10 week programme created to address the impact of domestic abuse on mothers and their children. You will have the opportunity to explore how to build on the emotional support you can give to your child, the importance of communication and safety planning.

The group sessions provide a supportive environment where we will:

  • Look at the emotional impact of domestic abuse on the family
  • Explain useful tools and strategies for dealing with difficult behaviours
  • Raise awareness of safety planning and community support available
  • Practice and provide methods of relaxation
  • Have fun!


Wonderful Me

This shorter course of 2 sessions aims to promote your self-confidence and improve your understanding of your own emotional wellbeing. We look at improving assertiveness and learning to relax and pamper ourselves.

Problems of low self-esteem and lack of confidence are some of the most frequently experienced problems for women who have suffered domestic abuse. They can be a primary source of unhappiness in our lives and can prevent us from realising our potential.

This workshop will help make a difference by providing a confidential and supportive environment where you will learn how to utilise a range of tips, tools and techniques as stepping stones to improving your self esteem and confidence so that you are able to live a life that is happier, healthier and where your wellbeing is not compromised.


These courses are free and when possible we can often provide crèche facilities.

For more information, or for the next course dates, please contact us.

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Domestic Violence is any form of physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse which is used to gain power and control over the other person in an intimate relationship.

Women often say emotional abuse is worse than physical abuse as it leaves no visible scars, is difficult to prove and can be very damaging.

Children living with domestic violence can also suffer in a variety of ways; either by witnessing violence itself, by being used as emotional pawns or indirectly by the stress suffered by their mother.


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