Power to change: facilitation programme

How to set up and run support groups for victims and survivors of domestic violence

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to set up and run support groups for survivors of domestic and sexual violence/abuse using the ‘Power to change’ manual.

The manual is the result of a collaboration between feminist activists and practitioners from five countries – Estonia, Portugal, Italy, UK and Hungary (who co-ordinated the project). This programme is designed for women and to be facilitated by women. Over two years we worked together through workshop sessions and email exchanges to develop this resource, drawing on our varied knowledge and experience of working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence.


Extensive consultation on the manual and its content was also carried out with specialist domestic abuse practitioners and with survivors.

What does the course cover?

• Survivors’ needs in view of effective group work

• The main principles of developing and running a successful survivors’ support group

• The contents of the Power to Change manual

• Practice group facilitation skills whilst working with the programme material

Trainer profile:

Bianca Petkova

Dr Bianca Petkova is an experienced training officer at Women’s Aid. She is a trained psychologist specialising in the psychology of women. Since joining Women’s Aid in 2008, Bianca has developed and delivered many accredited and bespoke courses for practitioners in the field of domestic abuse.

Please note that submitting an application form will automatically generate an invoice so please only apply if you wish to attend the course.

If you have any questions please email: [email protected]

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