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VIDEO: Birkenhead women’s centre launches new domestic abuse course

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral (TWW), the local charity which empowers women to make positive lifestyle changes, has launched a new domestic abuse course over the summer.

‘Finding Me’ is TWW’s first completely in-house domestic abuse programme, supporting survivors to change their lives for the better. Based at the Birkenhead centre, the six-week plan will cover topics from low self-esteem and confidence to mental health and wellbeing.

Nicola Fenton, TWW’s Domestic Abuse Empowerment Advisor, will deliver the course. Offering emotional aid, Finding Me is also designed to raise women’s awareness of domestic abuse.

Nicola said: “We’re not only looking at physical abuse but emotional and financial abuse too. The course covers topics such as coercive control and manipulation, which can be very difficult for survivors to recognise, especially if it’s been going on for a long time.”

Established in 2012, TWW provides a safe women-only space for women from all walks of life to access a range of health and wellbeing support. Based at the site of the old St Laurence’s Primary School, TWW currently has more than 6,000 women registered with them.

Drop-in support from 180+ partner organisations makes TWW the perfect base for the Finding Me course.

Angela Murphy, CEO of Tomorrow’s Women said: “The content of our monthly timetable means that a woman attending Finding Me can also access legal, mental health and housing support as well as much more, all under one roof.”

Talking about why something like Finding Me is needed in Wirral, Angela added: “More than 45% of women who joined TWW last year disclosed current or previous domestic abuse on their first visit. We tend to see further members disclose on later visits as they become more comfortable talking about their experiences within the centre.”

“There’s some great work going on with our domestic abuse partners in Wirral, we’re proud to add Finding Me to that list.”

To learn more about Tomorrow's Women Wirral call 0151 647 7907 or visit the centre at St Laurence’s Old School Site, Beckwith Street East, Birkenhead, CH41 3JE. Women 18+ only.