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Domestic Violence – Learning Through Theatre

The next meeting of our Woman Empowerment & Gender Group will be based around a play on Domestic Violence. The play will last about 30 minutes and it will then be followed by a discussion.

The play will take the form of a psychodrama which is defined as the “exploration of the subjective truth of the protagonist by methods of spontaneous dramatic improvisations”.

It is based on improvised storytelling where you see people in their own words through the medium of actors demonstrate behaviour patterns that enables other to understand what is happening around them.

From this we hope to develop a discussion around the issue of domestic violence in our society, the impact it has on women and increasingly on men as well especially in same sex relationships.

What can we learn from this and what is the way forward?

This will be led by Sahar Beg. Trained in Counselling & Psychotherapy since 1994 specialising in Psychological trauma.  Sahar has worked with a wide range of clients and cultural background. From corporate companies, charities and now more in her own private practice. Sahar also facilitates groups of teenagers teaching Inter-personal skills. In the last few years Sahar has been concentrating more so with women who suffer Domestic Violence and the survivors. Sahar now has joined her therapy approach with Theatre. Enabling clients to showcase and role-play their issues within a group of other clients in a contained therapeutic environment.

Statistics show that one in four women experience abuse in her life with 750 children having witnessed domestic violence in their lives too. And the bigger question there is what effect does that witnessing have on children. Domestic violence happens across the world and therefore happens irrespectful of beliefs, cultures, and ethnicity. Men are said also affected by this. However it is a crime that is gender based. It's overwhelmingly found in statistics that it is the crime that happens against women.

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  • Maria N.

    good start

    May 20, 2014

  • Nataline G.

    Informative journey through the story of DV survivoe

    May 19, 2014

  • ANA R.

    Last minute translation work sorry!

    May 19, 2014

  • Krisztina S.

    Dear all
    I'm really sorry but unfortunately, I can't join you today. Something urgent has come up.
    You do enjoy ythe evening.
    Kind regards

    May 19, 2014

  • Sharon B.

    wont be there. orgot other meeting

    May 18, 2014

  • Deborah M.

    I also work for Only Connect. Please can you get back to us on membership cost?
    Many thanks.

    May 12, 2014

    • Francis S.

      Deborah the cost is as Sharn states above but we never charge those who are unable to pay so as to keep our network inclusive.

      May 12, 2014

  • Julie C.


    Work for a charity that engages in rehabilitation, resettlement and EET with prisoners, ex-offenders & youth at risk, with significant emphasis on the arts and would love for me and some colleagues to come. Budgets are tight but at very least I'm willing to pay how much is the membership?

    April 16, 2014

  • Jonathan S.

    Domestic violence has many causes. I was wondering whether PTSD is a significant factor here. This is a relatively recent explanatory construct, but may well have been a widespread factor amongst post second world war combatants and has led to a dysfunctional learning about domestic relationships that has traversed several generations.

    April 8, 2014

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