WHAT IS THE NUAA WOMEN’S WELLBEING GROUP?
What is a Peer Discussion Group?
A peer discussion group is people who have something core in common – in our case drug use – who meet regularly to discuss a particular topic – for example grief or violence - in an atmosphere of respect, understanding and confidentiality.
What is the NUAA Women’s Wellbeing Group?
It’s a group of women who lived experience of drug use with issues they’d like to discuss in a safe environment, including an experience of difficult and/or abusive relationships.
We women who take drugs can find ourselves in some vulnerable situations. Most of us can easily remember a time where someone has blackmailed us with our drug use – using it to threaten or control us. Some of us have been taken advantage of because our boundaries have changed under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Some of us have found ourselves living with domestic violence which are difficult to leave because of the tensions involved in using relationships.
NUAA started the Women’s Wellbeing Group to help women who use drugs to avoid some common pitfalls and improve our relationships.
In the group, women learn about types of abuse, the cycle of violence, healthy boundaries, communication skills, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.
The groups are “open”, meaning that women can join at any time and attend as many or as few meetings as they like. Women are encouraged to come along each week but aren’t required to do so. NUAA is open to working in different ways with whoever turns up and how much each person wants to commit and participate.
The group is managed by qualified NUAA peers who have lived experience relevant to their role.
How can I get involved?
To find out more about the group, call NUAA’s main office in Sydney on 8354 7300 (or toll-free 1800 644 412 if you live in the country) and ask to talk to someone about the Women’s Wellbeing Group or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000 immediately.
If you are or your children are at risk please call 1800 RESPECT to assess your risk and make plans to get to safety.
Domestic Violence Line: 1800 65 64 63
Lifeline: 13 11 14