Knitting As A Safety Net

Mary Lou Mendoza, United States
Teach simple, basic knitting skills in a Mujeres'/Women's Platica session. These sessions would include knitting lessons to help develop relationships between participants and introduce a safe space for sharing stories of domestic violence from victim and survivor view points. During these sessions I would provide practical safety-planning ideas as well as additional resources available in our community. I would introduce a participant- friendly curriculum that focuses on self-awareness, self-esteem building, and developing awareness of choices and options including role playing, and participant driven idea development to reinforce building self-esteem. The money would be used for knitting supplies for the participants. These sessions would be open to any woman or teenager that would be referred to us by any social service agency or by invitation from another participant. The idea is to help women understand their self value and help them find a way out of domestic violence.