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Journey to Healing: A quick guide

A brief overview of the essential elements of Tearfund’s approach to working with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV)

2022 Available in English, Spanish and French

An illustration of three ladies walking together down a winding road
Illustration of three woman walking together down along a road

From: Working with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV)

Our Journey to Healing approach creates safe peer-to-peer spaces for healing from sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), and supports the global survivor movement

This quick guide for Journey to Healing provides an overview of the key elements of the approach. It can be used by survivor champions, as well as implementers who are supporting the approach.

It is one of the three core resources, alongside A Shared Journey and Out of the Shadows.

Journey to Healing is Tearfund’s survivor-centred approach to support survivors and end sexual and gender based violence. It is a peer-to-peer support group model and creates a supportive environment for healing which acknowledges and respects survivors’ agency, autonomy and decision-making potential.

The approach creates safe spaces for survivors to speak out and overcome trauma: a journey from fear to courage, from self-doubt to confidence about their future. Primarily supporting female survivors, it can be adapted for use with male survivors, who may face additional stigma.

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