Turning the Spotlight
Relationships are a necessary part of healthy living, but there is no such thing as a perfect relationship. Relationships, from acquaintances to romances, have the potential to enrich our lives and add to our enjoyment of life. However, these same relationships can cause discomfort, and sometimes even cause harm.
Hall Health Centre, University of Washington
Are you in a relationship that’s causing distress or harm?
- Worried about your or your partner’s behaviour?
- Concerned that you or your partner’s behaviour is abusive?
- Struggling to communicate?
- Finding arguments are getting out of control?
- Feeling that your relationship may not be healthy?
Turning the Spotlight could help
Turning the Spotlight is a service offered by Victim Support Cumbria. We support people who are having problems with their relationships, leading to arguments, an unhealthy relationship, and abuse. We work with both victims and perpetrators of abuse.
Turning the Spotlight is a free, confidential, and non-judgemental service.
We work with couples and individuals, with or without children.
You can refer yourself to Turning the Spotlight, or another agency may refer you to us.
What happens after a referral?
A member of the Victim Support Cumbria team will contact you to discuss the situation and challenges you’re facing.
Each person is given a caseworker, who’ll carry out an initial assessment to make sure the service is right for you.
If Turning the Spotlight is right for you and your situation, the caseworker will provide you with one-to-one support and help you to access our programmes.
Group work sessions
Depending on your situation and needs you could take part in one or more of the following group work sessions:
What you’ll gain from Turning the Spotlight
The programmes within Turning the Spotlight can offer:
- Better communications skills
- Calmer home life
- Better understanding of your feelings and how they impact on your behaviour
- Techniques to help you stop minor disagreements from escalating
- Empathy – looking at situations from another perspective
- Personal development
Feedback from Turning the Spotlight participants:
‘At first I was anxious and uncomfortable but by week three I started opening up and learning. I can honestly say I have enjoyed the course and found it very useful in every day life.
‘I tend to debate more with people rather than getting aggressive and letting things get out of hand. I’ve learnt to allow the other person time to speak and explain how they feel and not getting angry just because I don’t agree.
‘The course was extremely beneficial. It has had a massive impact on my life especially at home and in my relationship’.’