Breaking the Cycle: An Update
Breaking the cycle of violence is not easy. Maura works every day to do just that, helping one person at a time. The following story shares an update of former Adult Windows Participant, Maura, and what she’s accomplished since then. To see her original story, click here.
Abuse had been a part of my life since childhood. There was no place in which I could express myself, no person to whom I could reveal what was happening.
Art was a catalyst in my journey and helped me turn all the negative into positive things.
–Maura, Survivor and AWBW Facilitator
The A Window Between Worlds art workshops provided me with the liberty to be myself and to express the hurt, as well as the dreams and goals that I had. After being introduced to AWBW in a counseling group, I continued participating in special AWBW projects and was a speaker representing AWBW at many events. I also decided to go back to school.
During school I worked as a counselor and facilitated Windows Workshops for adult and children survivors of domestic violence. This year I completed my Master’s degree and started a new position as a foster care social worker, where I continue to lead Windows Workshops.
I experience first-hand the positive change that these art workshops bring to my clients. I witness shut-down clients open up and express things they have never shared about before. The art brings a positive change to them, just like it did for me.
Helping participants recover a sense of safety and providing an atmosphere of safety is a core value of AWBW’s art programs.
Art empowers participants to transform how they view themselves, allowing them to build feelings of self-worth and confidence.