Monday, 05 March 2018 10:43

Workshop in Maple Creek will help those suffering trauma from domestic violence

Written by  Andrea Carol
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Arriving on the heels of the #MeToo movement, a domestic violence workshop is scheduled in Maple Creek on March 10. 


Hidden Voices is a ground breaking workshop aiming to inspire, educate and heal survivors of domestic violence.
Seeking to empower survivors, Presenter Janet Rhodes, speaks out in efforts to help survivors re-establish a happy life. Survivors often face ongoing and lasting effects after enduring abuse and Hidden Voices offers care and understanding so victims can heal.
Being a survivor of domestic violence herself, Rhodes has dedicated her life to helping others heal from domestic violence and escape it’s hold. Many victims are often re-traumatized by the very systems they seek help from and need support and education to help carry them through.
“We are taking a look at trauma and the effects that it has on survivors of trauma.My main focus is domestic violence survivors,” Rhodes explained. “I was in my own abusive marriage in my first marriage. From that I started mentoring other survivors and offering support while they were leaving the relationship or had just left. I returned back to school and did trauma training. A whole new journey begins after leaving an abusive relationship and it’s not necessarily an easy one. Many women are diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and have effects of abuse long after the trauma. Many of the support systems out there end up failing them in a way. If the survivor is pressing charges, they have them regurgitating their story twenty times or more and survivors are re-victimized.”
Rhodes has continued her education and brings experience and skills forward to empower attendees. “I’ve been studying Traumatology at the Traumatology Institute of Canada out of Toronto. I’ve also been taking courses in Social Work and Psychology,” Rhodes said. “I think there is a great need around here in Maple Creek. The stat is one in three women experience domestic violence.”
Rhodes currently runs Freedom Within, an online help forum with 10,000 subscribers. Janet and her husband have also started a non-profit organization, Rhodes to Wellness. #Silencebreakers like Rhodes, empower and offer #support to other survivors and give them hope to carry on. While addressing this pain, it is often overwhelming and the healing process helps survivors develop inner strengths and coping skills. Survivors and those who support them should understand that healing takes time.
This workshop is for all those negatively affected by trauma, anyone who has suffered and for those who meant to help them.
To register, please contact Janet by calling 306-662-3514/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Cynthia Rodgers 306-628-7169/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot. If you require assistance, please call the Crisis Line at 1 (306) 778-3386, Swift Current RCMP 1 (306) 778-4870 or Victim Services 1 (306) 778-4898. If you have an emergency, call 911.

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