what they are developing is a booklet. It will be A5 size and just a soft paperback. IFYS is also going to do an online .pdf version which will have a direct hyperlink to Ashleigh’s Patience Project website. The resource includes:
1. Types of abuse (including; social, emotional, psychological, physical, sexual, technological, and financial abuse)
2. Cycle of Violence – we are developing our own Cycle of Violence Graphic. I have found that when I use the cycle of violence graphics with some young women they find it quite confusing so we are developing a more easy to understand version.
3. Unhealthy relationships Quiz – young women can take this quiz to help them identify signs of violence in their relationship
4. What does the law say – we are including a section on new legislation in Queensland, Australia. In 2012 they changed the legislation to include all types of domestic violence (including social, emotional, financial and technological) so that individuals who are in abusive relationships that don’t have physical or sexual abuse can still be protected under the law.
5. Safety plan – We have developed three safety plans: 1. Increasing safety in the relationship, 2. Preparing to leave the relationship, 3. Living safely after separation. The aim is that young women reading the resource can develop their own safety plans.
6. Personal Story – Ashleigh Lindsey & Patience’s story
7. Personal Story – Wendy Maldonado
8. Help is available – in this section we have listed heaps of different ways that young women can access help from online counselling, to phone counselling, to informative websites, to local services on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland that they can access support from.
As Ashleigh's Mom I am so amazed at the blessing that continue to come even 2 years after her death. Please remember October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 1 in 4 women are effected. By sharing and caring you never know what life you are saving.