Strength Within Me Foundation

Strength Within Me Foundation

At a glance

Causes

  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
National - England

Objectives

Beneficiaries: young people form 11 years to 21 years

S.W.I.M’s approach is designed not solely as a reaction to an existing crisis, but one which primarily aims to grasp the issue and take charge of the actions, thoughts, cultures, and beliefs which may make us more vulnerable to being the victims of Domestic Violence.

We understand that as individuals we cannot control the behaviours and actions of others, however, at S.W.I.M we dare to believe that we have within us the strength to be well equipped upon entering any kind of relationship, to confidently ascertain what we are worthy and deserving of and to actively seek out positive relationships.

“Domestic Abuse and abuse is a life-shattering and absolutely abhorrent crime; tackling it is a key priority for this government – and something I have always attached a personal importance to, both as Home Secretary and now as Prime Minister. I am clear that we need to build on the measures I introduced as Home Secretary – including the new offence of ‘Controlling and Coercive Behaviour’, Domestic Abuse Protection Orders, and the Domestic Abuse Disclosure Scheme – and ensure that no stone be left unturned in delivering a system that increases convictions, and works better for victims.” Theresa May

Impact:

We think of domestic abuse as a potential destination for any individual regardless of race, gender, sexuality or class. Rather than responding after abuse with ‘how did I get here?’, ‘how do I get out?’, and ‘why did I stay?’ S.W.I.M is the brave new face that encourages us all to recognise and take notice of the signs at an early stage, asking ‘what is my self-worth?’, ‘what can I reasonably expect in a relationship?’, ‘What is acceptable?’, ‘What are my standards for myself?’, ‘How do I spot behaviours and know confidently that they are unreasonable?’

Children who witness domestic abuse at home don’t yet have the choice to leave; girls who are entering domestic abuse relationships as young as 12-years old, don’t realise just how many choices they have.

At Strength With In Me Foundation (S.W.I.M), we work with young people to change mind frames, peer culture and current behaviourisms and teach them how to unearth their fullest potential, equipping young people with the self-esteem and confidence to make healthier relationship choices.

Activities

Recognition

To recognise that domestic violence is a pandemic which affects us as a global community and accept a wider responsibility for emotionally arming ourselves and others.

Discovery

To isolate new and unspoken methods of domestic violence.

Action

To intervene early on in processes which draw individuals towards violent relationships.

Community

To create a community which actively seeks to instill emotional tools to both prevent new incidents of domestic violence and heal survivors.

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