Abuse survivor offers hope

2017-03-21 06:02
 Photo: SuppliedJulie Muir Vivier has taken charge of her life and used her experience to open an NPO to aid victims to take back their lives and become survivors.

Photo: SuppliedJulie Muir Vivier has taken charge of her life and used her experience to open an NPO to aid victims to take back their lives and become survivors.

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SURVIVING abuse is challenging and often victims try to block out their past, or live a life with anxiety.
However, Upper Highway resident, Julie Muir Vivier, has taken charge of her life and used her experience to open an NPO to aid victims to take back their lives and become survivors.

Speaking to the Fever Vivier said her NPO, the Julie Muir Vivier Anti-Abuse and Empowerment Charitable Trust undertakes the development of a model linking rehabilitation assistance and empowerment to local and international gender-violence policies.

She said one of the ways they assist victims is by holding meetings where people share their experiences and offer support to others in need.

“The first one we hosted in the Upper Highway area was a huge success, and we have realised the demand in the area, so we will be hosting another one later this month.”

Vivier described the group as one that motivates and empowers.
“The groups are led by survivors of abuse across the country and are held monthly in various cities and towns. The aim of the meetings is to assist others with referrals to services that may be required and to provide a compassionate and caring space to listen or share circumstances.”

The next group meeting in the Upper Highway area will on March 25.

Victims and survivors of abuse over the age of 18 are invited to attend, however space is limited to 15 per meetings.
Confidentiality and security are of the utmost importance and venue, details and bookings for meetings can be discussed directly with Vivier on juliemuirvivier@gmail.com or 071 316 9783.

Attendance is free, however, donations to the ongoing work of the Trust are welcome.


 

The groups are led by survivors of abuse across the country and are held monthly in various cities and towns. The aim of the meetings is to assist others with referrals to services that may be required and to provide a compassionate and caring space to listen or share circumstances.

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