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Implementing an Art Therapy Program to help Domestic Violence Survivors heal and regain their power

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The Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation seeks support with meeting our financial needs goal of $26,682.00 in order to implement the Healing through Art Therapy program. Research shows that victims of domestic violence often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, fear, and anxiety, requiring the need for counseling and mental health assistance. As a survivor of domestic abuse, I used poetry and creative writing as healing resources for my traumatic experiences with domestic abuse. By offering victims and alternative to healing through art therapy, it allows them to heal while expressing themselves creatively. While art therapy is typically utilized in children, it has been successful with sufferers of PSTD, anxiety, and depression. We think this project fosters self-sufficiency and stability for domestic violence victims which is necessary for them to care for their children adequately while transitioning back into society. The targeted population is women of all ethnicities that are residents of domestic violence shelters, safe havens, or living independently and recovering from an abusive relationship. Our


  • Provide crisis services through art therapy to the high number of victims who live in shelters (i.e. Peace Place in Winder, Georgia).
  • Ensure the purpose of this program is clearly communicated to like organizations in the surrounding communities.
  •  Enhance victim therapy access to services to underserved communities.
  • Understand the needs, distribution and characteristics of underserved victim population in Barrow, Gwinnett, and Walton counties.
  •  Increase the number of victims that use crisis services (counseling, art therapy, etc.). 
  • Survey shelter director/staff regarding feedback received about our program to obtain data.
  • Communicate our outcomes to the public overall



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