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Lotto cash boosts abuse awareness

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: April 17, 2013

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THE Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (WRSAC) at Bodmin is to expand its support sessions in mid- and east Cornwall after a grant of nearly £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The sessions aim to address long-term damage arising from domestic abuse, including anxiety, panic attacks, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, by identfying and changing patterns of behaviour.

WRSAC chief executive Maggie Parks said: "Pattern-changing programmes are life- changing experiences for women and obviously we're delighted that the Big Lottery Fund has funded us to expand our programme into other areas of Cornwall.

"Pattern-changing is a 14-week programme for women who have experienced domestic abuse and it really helps them move forward.

"The programme helps women see the patterns of abuse, the patterns of their responses to the abuse, and to change those patterns.

"In no way does it suggest women are to blame in any way; however, we help them to look at the past pattern of the abuse."

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