The Abuse Victim Support Project

The Abuse Victim Support Project.

Despite its name, the AVS Project (Abuse Victim Support) is a programme; originally a pilot project designed and ran by survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence and Rape.  However, we now provide support to any individual who may need our help.

The Abuse Victim Support Project provides a holistic package of emotional and practical support to both men & women who are dealing with domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape; whether that is something that’s happening now or has happened in the past, providing immediate and free one to one counselling for individuals, in safe and secure surroundings. In addition, we also provide services to individuals affected by mild to moderate mental health, as well as cultural depreviaton.

The AVS Approach

Scientific studies tell us that art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. The body’s physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation, from one of fear to one of creativity and inspiration.

Art and music put a person in a different brain wave pattern, art and music affect a person’s autonomic nervous system, their hormonal balance and their brain neurotransmitters.

Art and music affect every cell in the body instantly to create a healing physiology that changes the immune system and blood flow to all the organs.


“Most stresses and structural dysfunction have their roots and their causes in the mind and the heart”. – Gerry Pyves, No Hands Massage.


Art and Music also immediately change a person’s perceptions of their world. They change attitude, emotional state, and pain perception. They create hope and positivity and they help people cope with difficulties. They transform a person’s outlook and way of being in the world.

In this way the AVS project helps you recover your natural rhythm and learn to shine again. You are not alone, we are here for you.

Our Services

  • Aromatherapy,
  • Chromotherapy – Colour therapy,
  • Crystal therapy,
  • Guided Mediation
  • No Hands Massage.

These are combined with art techniques, such as

  • Candle making
  • Soap making
  • Jewellery making,
  • Making handbags, fruit bowls and candle holders,
  • Photo Mosaics
  • Spoken Word/Poetry
  • DJ and Music Production
  • And a variety of art forms including 3D printing. 

Our Multi-Tiered Approach

This is a multi-tiered  client focused “guided” ten step counselling programme enabling victims to be in touch with their trauma; learn to understand and recover from it, and build a safer future by making use of the programmes multiple  strands:-

  • The Abuse Victim Support Project (AVS)

    Provides a holistic package of emotional and practical support to both men & women aged 13+; who are dealing with domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape.  Whether this is something that’s happening now or has happened in the past, providing immediate and free one to one counselling psychoeducational therapy and art therapy for individuals, in safe and secure surroundings.

    What AVS provides

    AVS Counselling Service: Free, immediate and confidential, in a location chosen by the client (home or office)

    AVS Counsellor & Survivor Training: provides a 12 week training course for individuals working with this client group, the course is also offered to survivors and has psycho-educational benefits

    Access to following programmes:

    Darkness Makes Sense In The Light (DAMSEL)

    Uses Carnival Arts as Therapy to help heal and soothe the emotional and mental health effects of abuse or reduce the symptoms in mental health conditions by using various therapies.

    Sound with Vision (SOlVe)

    Theatre Arts as Therapy to help heal and soothe the emotional and mental health effects of abuse or reduce the symptoms in mental health conditions by using various therapies.

    What DAMSEL and SOlVe provide

    Both DAMSEL and SOlVe encourage active involvement in performing arts and contributes to the physical, mental and emotional health of all participants.  Physically they are provided with fitness/dance training under supervision for a period of 16 weeks.

    Simultaneously, members are involved in the design and production of vibrant and stunning carnival & theatre costumes and work as a team sharing specialist expertise at all levels, to reflect their own personal feeling of stepping into the light. Finally they undertake First Aid and SIA (security) training as part of the preparatory process for events.

    For participants who prefer to not to be so energetic, we use creative and vocal arts, such as digital and visual art, spoken and written word as a means for individuals to come to terms with and express themselves during the healing process. Again this contributes greatly to the overall mental, emotional and spiritual well being of participants. Many of these individuals also contribute to the back stage or creative part of the costume making, float decoration and set design mentioned above.

    Keep Shining

    Uses creative arts as therapy’s to help heal and soothe the emotional and mental health effects of abuse or reduce the symptoms in mental health conditions by using various therapies.

    • Candle making
    • Soap making
    • Jewellery making,
    • Making handbags, fruit bowls and candle holders,
    • Photo Mosaics
    • Spoken Word/Poetry
    • DJ and Music Production
    • 3D Design and Printing
    • And a variety of art forms

    Spirit of Naz

    Uses holistic therapy’s to help heal and soothe the emotional and mental health effects of abuse; by reducing the symptoms in mental health conditions by using various therapies.

    • Aromatherapy,
    • Chromotherapy – Colour therapy,
    • Crystal therapy,
    • Guided mediation
    • No Hands Massage.

     

    A Life Interrupted

    In addition we run an arts programme that develops emerging socially disadvantaged artists (victims of abuse or individuals affected by mental health issues).  This disadvantage is because they experience less opportunities for participation. Furthermore they may have less access to artistic employment opportunities.  We overcome this by supporting artists in their career development.  We create opportunities for artist to nurture their talents. Then we assist them gaining employment with our partners and other arts organisations.

We do this by providing

  • Face to face counselling in a comfortable environment.
  • Regular weekly sessions for as long as needed
  • Counselling visits in a location chosen by our client
  • A free and confidential service
  • Specifically trained counsellors
  • A client focuses service
  • Art therapy and Well-being services
  • Community awareness of the damage that domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape can cause to a person and their families.
  • Equality of opportunity, diversity, honesty, fairness, openness and integrity in all that we do

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