Past Meetup

Domestic Violence – Learning Through Theatre

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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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