A Counsellor’s Companion – A MIFUMI manual for empowering women out of violence and abuse
A Counsellor’s Companion is a vital resource for any professional interested in the guiding principles and values that help to empower women to lead violence-free lives. It is the essential guide for Independent Domestic Violence Advisors offering counselling support services for women experiencing violence and abuse in the community. This manual will promote the quality of services delivered to women and children who are facing violence and abuse. It includes information on awareness of violence and abuse against women and the skills for effective counselling. This manual is intended as a key reference point intended to professionalize and standardise the delivery of counselling support services. The Advisors Companion will be a useful reference for NGO staff, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors, Psycho-Social Counsellor, Health Practitioner and Local Councillors supporting women. The aim of the manual is to develop counselling support services for women experiencing violence and abuse in the community. This is in order to promote the quality of services delivered to women and children who are facing violence and abuse.
Why is the manual important?
The manual is important because of the length and time that MIFUMI has been in violence and abuse service provision. There is demand from other NGOs who want to set up violence and abuse services; there is demand from women leaders in the community who wish to advise and support women, and finally there is demand from the growing community of MIFUMI staff and volunteers (Independent Domestic Violence Advisors – IDVAs) who are providing counselling support services from Advice Centres on a daily basis. This manual is therefore intended to professionalize and standardise the delivery of counselling support services.
What is in the manual?
Part one of the manual is centred on the woman survivor of violence. It describes what values and principles will inform the service provider’s relationship with her. It describes the violence she is suffering and its impact on her and how we will work with her, especially in finding solutions to end the violence.
Part two details the different presentations of violence against women and is aimed at increasing the IDVA’s knowledge and developing their awareness and understanding of gender based violence. It details the different presentations of violence that the IDVA will be faced with.
Part three discusses resettlement and rehabilitation of the survivor in the community or towards a new life elsewhere. It describes the ongoing support she will need and how the community and authorities can be enlisted to support her and finally, it summarises the key outcomes that MIFUMI aims to achieve for the survivor.
Who is the manual aimed at?
Throughout this manual, reference is made to Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs). These are women in the community who work as volunteers at Advice Centres offering counselling support to women. In addition, all professionals and practitioners working in the field of violence against women and indeed women’s equality and development will find this useful.