Reflectively Embracing Nonviolence through Education for Women (RENEW)* is an advocacy, intervention, and support group program for women who have used force in their intimate relationships. The program's framework is grounded in the philosophy that a community and social systems approach to assessment, advocacy, group member education and support is critical to effectively serving the complex needs of this population.
The RENEW Program's philosophy and mission are driven by the belief that women — whether they are domestic violence survivors or not — who use force against a partner escalate the level of violence again themselves and, potentially, put others in their lives at risk of harm.
RENEW participants will work to better understand their use of force and benefit from advocacy, education and peer support as they navigate complex circumstances and work toward violence-free lives.
Women who use force may do so in response to the abuse they have suffered and/or because the women believe their behavioral and institutional options to be limited. The group process is an eclectic mix of compassionate confrontation and group member interaction, grounded in education, where women are empowered to explore more useful behaviors. Group members have referred to this dynamic exploratory process, and opportunity for female peer support, as a time for personal renewal that sustains them after their time in the group has come to an end.
To Get Started:
Contact Wendy Sadler, by phone: 734.971.9781 x468, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuition is charged on a sliding scale.
*We are grateful to ZeroGravity Designs for the creation and generous donation of the RENEW logo.