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Bluff Country Family Resources provides education and neutral, confidential and supportive crisis intervention, advocacy, and resources for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse and homelessness.

Bluff Country has been promoting a violence free world since 1984 when it was established as Houston County Women’s Resources. The name was changed to “Bluff Country Family Resources” in 2010 to make the agency more inclusive of families, men and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Despite the change in name, the primary focus is still on empowering women who are the primary victims of domestic and sexual violence.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. According to RAINN, 90 percent of adult rape victims are female,   and sexual assault occurs every 73 seconds in America. This means there are about 432,000 victims of sexual violence annually within the United States alone.

Bluff Country created the Women and Girls Empowerment Retreat to address intergenerational trauma, which can occur in families where parents have been the victims of sexual trauma. This retreat is just one of the ways Bluff Country Family Resources is helping women and their children, as they work toward a healthier, violence-free future.

The Empowerment Retreat is a one-day event where women learn tools and techniques that help them cope with their trauma from abusive experiences. Bluff Country helps strengthen women’s self-esteem and confidence so they feel empowered as they move forward.

The day-long event features workshop style sessions, including yoga, creative writing led by an individual with a trauma-informed background, self-defense, and aromatherapy. At the same time, staff are leading group activities for children. 

Understanding that children often experience  trauma as well when domestic violence occurs is key to building a family-inclusive program. In the U.S., it is estimated that more than 15 million children are exposed to domestic violence each year, and researchers believe that witnessing domestic violence may be just as harmful to children as being victims of abuse themselves.

By addressing the needs of both mothers and their children, Women and Girls Empowerment Retreat gives families tools to break the generational cycle of trauma and violence and start building resilience.