Females of Empowerment
‘Their self esteem and self worth will be rebuilt.’
Females of Empowerment CIC was inspired by the experiences of founder, Jestina Duncan, who is a survivor of domestic abuse and passionate about supporting vulnerable women. Jestina has 5 years experience as a support worker and has worked for various womens’ refuges across Birmingham.
What is Females of Empowerment?
1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetimes and Females of Empowerment CIC launched in May 2017 to offer support and advice to victims, from women who have experienced domestic violence themselves. They work to rebuild confidence, self esteem and self worth, and inspire and strengthen women who have experienced any kind of domestic abuse, whether physical, mental, sexual, financial or emotional.
The organisation provides a safe environment for women to begin their healing process, through one to one therapeutic coaching and structured workshop programmes. Females of Empowerment also tries to provide a whole range of services that women may need to overcome their experiences as, typically, women can be referred to several different places to receive the help they need, which can be daunting and impractical. They offer services that help women to improve their physical and mental wellbeing, and provide business start-up support, and debt and finance workshops.
Many women can be apprehensive to seek support from larger organisations, as they are fearful of judgement or see them as unapproachable. In many cases, women don’t have anyone that they can talk to and often those that they can talk to, are unable to offer the services that are required to help them rebuild their lives.
By raising awareness, Females of Empowerment hopes to reduce the chance of the women who they help returning to abusive relationships, particularly as 90% will have young people and children within the household. The project reduces the isolation that these women can feel, enabling them to form meaningful bonds and friendships.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
Females of Empowerment would like to use the funding from LoveBrum to run The Butterfly Project, a 12 week workshop focusing on The Freedom Program, which aims to give women an understanding of domestic violence and help them to explore and talk about their experiences, so they can start to rebuild their lives.
Many women are not able to afford this service so Females of Empowerment wants to provide this service totally free of charge for those who need it.
Cost of project
Where can people go to find out more about Females of Empowerment?
Jestina Duncan, Founder & Director
Tel: 07427 141 952