DVC has partnered with A Window Between Worlds (AWBW)  http://www.awbw.org to offer workshops geared towards using art, through creative expression, as a healing tool for battered women, and their children, in crisis shelters, transitional homes and outreach centers.

Brain research shows that the area of the brain that gets “disconnected” first in trauma is the area that is activated when we are engaged in expressive art-making.  It is the part of the brain related to our sense of well-being and our ability to put our thoughts together.  The process of creative expression increases our sense of wholeness and gives us a sense of connection to a larger community.  (Carol Caddes, “Healing from Trauma-Art and the Brain, ”  2001)

Through art workshops, survivors express feelings and reclaim their sense of power and self-worth.  As they draw, sculpt, paint and write they begin to make their choices visible and see their dreams take shape.  AWBW’s art programs help survivors take important steps in the journey towards healing through:

  • Expressing Feelings
  • Releasing the Past
  • Building Confidence
  • Developing Hope

For a schedule of workshops offered at DVC click HERE

Workshops are offered by certified staff at our facility on an on going basis