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Working with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence

Through Journey to Healing, Tearfund supports survivor networks and the global survivor movement, enabling healing, and advocating for the end of sexual and gender-based violence

2020 Available in English, Spanish and French

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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

Out of the Shadows is the manual used by survivor champions who have been trained using A Shared Journey.

The activities in the manual are designed to support survivors in processing their trauma and to reinforce their dignity, value, identity and confidence. Used to facilitate interactive activities for groups of survivors, this workbook is process-driven to help participants gain skills and knowledge of the healing process.

Out of the Shadows is a core component of Journey to Healing, 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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