“Reducing violence against women"
A participant before the program was being repeatedly sexually assaulted by a family member. Having disclosed for the first time in a group session she had the support and courage to tell her mother and together they reported the crime to the police and the person was arrested, and removed from their home. She is now safe and protected.
“Communities are safe and free from violence”
A participant who was unemployed and disengaged from education experiencing physical abuse by a parent, sexually assaulted as a child and by an ex-partner – returned to education, became a peer support person, an active volunteer in the community, found independent living, started her own photography business and fostering a child.
“Services meet the needs of women and their children”
Participant, experienced family violence throughout her childhood, including sexual assault, becoming homeless and despairing having been financially providing for her drug-addicted parent and four younger siblings – during the program, she received prenatal and housing support by the auspice agency of the program, became a successful businesswoman and mother of twins, living together with her partner.
“Increasing the voice of women in the community”
Participant, at risk of leaving education and survivor of family violence, family displaced for safety – never spoken in public before the program spoke to three service clubs, up to 50 members (mainly male attendees) about her positive experiences of the ROARHEART™ program and being a key speaker for a Family Violence Prevention Network project for the White Ribbon Day Event sharing her experience of surviving family violence and an advocate to reduce family violence and violence at school.
“Addresses the broader determinants of health”
A survivor of sexual assault (sex trafficking), suffered from depression, anxiety and other complex issues was unable to leave the house – who, after experiencing the program became a ROARHEART™ program peer support person, returned to education, became an active volunteer for their community, attended community activities, sought support from sexual assault services, and received 2 offers from local Universities where they pursued a career they are passionate about.
Self-acceptance is contagious
"When I first attended your group with grandma, I didn’t think it would impact me like it has...that something has lit up again. It lit up and it’s burning."
Young person, 16 yrs