Any help with finding info for Helping Battered Women???

@cherhost (1073)
United States
July 31, 2007 8:29pm CST
I have a friend who is volunteering at a battered womans shelter... she needs to teach them basic life skills... I am assuming that means how to get back in the world, hold down a job, live on their own etc. She is having a hard time looking for help on how to teach them this... they are asking her for a curriculm... does anyone know of any good websites or even books that may help her with this??? Thanks guys it is much appreciated... I am very interested in this, I would do it too but the time slots do not work well with childcare... hope to hear something. :)
2 responses
• Philippines
1 Aug 07
Me, honestly i want to join this kind of event. I want to help battered women, i want to inspire them to let them live their life again, start over again. Sadly i don't have any website to share. i just wait for responses on your discussion.
@cherhost (1073)
• United States
1 Aug 07
Thanks hun! If there was some way I can do this during the work hours where I live I would do it too... But they are very strict and want a plan... I will just keep looking and try to help her out. The problem is what should she teach them first!
• United States
4 Aug 07
Well, I don't have a website or a book to recommened, but here are some things that might help. #1 - Your friend can gather information on your local places and policies on how to get a GED if the women do not have a complete educational background. #2 - It might also be helpful to find places to refer them to for anger management groups or therapy. #3 - Find out local policies on getting a restraining order...if the lady has been battered in the past, there is a good chance he could find her once she leaves. It's scary, but a fact. #4 - Go over her strengths and skills with her...if she has not worked before, this could help her determine a good place to try to fit into a workplace. Ex: if she is awesome at keeping a checkbook and planning things out, she may be good with admin work. #5 - Consider that some women DO NOT know how to balance a checkbook, apply for a bank account...forms and brochures from financial institutions could be helpful to the women and local credit unions usually do not have fees on accounts. #6 - Have information readily available on local apartment communities that are low rent or have special policies for low income families. Also, helping them find a community with alarm systems, gated communities, things to help them be and feel safe. #7 - Most cities (and possibly at the shelter she is working at) have places where donations are accepted for household furnishings to help them get back on their feet. If the shelter doesn't have this service, maybe find a place that does to recommend. All this will require local area research on the part of your friend, but having this info handy to pass on to the women could be beneficial. If I come up with any sites or books, I will post them here. Hope this is helpful!