SELF CARE: Ipswich Women’s Centre Against Domestic Violence will host a pamper day for victims of domestic violence.
SELF CARE: Ipswich Women’s Centre Against Domestic Violence will host a pamper day for victims of domestic violence. Claudia Baxter

Pampering day boosts confidence

IPSWICH women who have suffered domestic violence will be treated to a pampering session as part of a workshop exploring self care.

Ipswich Women's Centre against Domestic Violence (IWCADV) spokeswoman Martha Romero said a Body Shop presenter would pamper women during the morning session.

"These workshops are offered to women that have experienced domestic or family violence," Ms Romero said.

"It provides opportunities for women who have experienced any form of domestic violence to explore and practice self care.

"The majority of women I work with, have suffered complex trauma through their experience of domestic violence and I find that women, particularly if they have children, devote themselves entirely to looking after their children and those that do not have children find themselves being really good friends, sometimes described as the ones that go the extra mile for you.

"To be available and care for others are amazing qualities to have and are wonderful strengths however, very few practice these same amount of consideration and care with themselves.

"The conundrum for most women who find themselves in this situation is that in

order to be available for others it is important to practice self-care, otherwise there comes a point where you burn out."

A pampering session with a Body Shop presenter will take place in the morning followed by a visualisation exercise and creative activities that will encourage women to practise looking after themselves.

The workshop will be a combination of some active participation, discussion and creative activities.

Ms Romero said she hoped future pampering sessions would be available.

"There has been a keen interest in this workshop from people who would like to attend and also from those who would like to volunteer their services in order to assist others," she said.

"I am certainly very impressed and happy with the response so far and look forward to the actual day.

"The sessions we run at the service are influenced by feedback given to us by women who engage with us and from the community."

Morning tea and lunch will be provided and some assistance with child care costs can be negotiated on a needs basis. Participants are encouraged to wear comfy clothing and shoes.


 RSVP on 3816 3000 or rural women can phone 1800 026 262. Visit for details.