WIRC Holding Free Self-Care Workshop To Help Abuse Survivors

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois Regional Council Community Action Agency (WIRC-CAA) has announced that they will be hosting their third Self-Care Workshop, a free day of self-care activities that are aimed to help survivors of past or present domestic, sexual, financial, child, or elder abuse, on Saturday, March 18th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a private location in Macomb.

During the event, trained counselors will offer self-care sessions focused on calming exercises, ways to be self-compassionate, art expression, mindfulness exercises, and other similar activities. Anyone who wants to have a confidential counseling session will also be able to do so.

Officials want to emphasize that attendees will not be forced to participate in all of the activities. “Every survivor comes from a different situation and background. Types of self-care that work well for some may be uncomfortable for others,” said Public Relations Manager Jamie Roth. “We want everyone to feel comfortable and safe. If anyone wants to sit back during an activity, or even step out for a bit, they can do so without judgment.”

The exact location will only be shared with those who register, in order to protect their privacy and safety.

To register or learn more, call Victim Services’ hotline at (309) 837-5555. Adult survivors of any ability, background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity are welcome.

WIRC-CAA Victim Services is a nonprofit that provides free and confidential crisis counseling, medical advocacy and legal advocacy to child and adult survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and stalking. The Agency’s service area includes multiple western Illinois counties. If you have experienced any form of abuse in your life, you are welcome to call their free and confidential crisis hotline at (309) 837-5555.

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