Lived Experience: Starick hosting writing program for domestic violence survivors in Gosnells

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CHARITY Starick is holding a writing program to help domestic violence survivors gain confidence and perspective on life.

Marketing and communications officer Jane Cornes-Maclean will run the Lived Experience writing program at Starick’s refuge in Gosnells during May, with the dates to be finalised.

There will be three half day sessions, dedicated towards writing and public speaking about lived experiences including loss and hopes.

Starick is a Cloverdale-based charity that supports women and children escaping family and domestic violence.

“We held it last year and it was really successful and we even took it to Bandyup Prison as part of White Ribbon Day,” Ms Cornes-Maclean said.

“For women that have experienced family and domestic violence, it’s an opportunity for them to write about their experience but also about life.

“I’ve been teaching creative writing for about two years so I incorporate that into what we run.

“There are three half day workshops, which will be held during the school term, although we have free crèche too.”

Ms Cornes-Maclean said the program allowed women to gain confidence, especially about public speaking.

“We had eight women take part last year and we are looking for the same number this year,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to it because it’s quite fulfilling and it’s lovely to get the response back from the women, it’s really powerful.

“Some of the comments that we’ve received is that they feel they are not defined by their past and they don’t have to run.”

Email marketing@starick.org.au for more information or to take part.

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