The Community Healing and Rebuilding Program addresses the risk factors of violence and strengthens the protective factors against it. The program draws on group therapy, community healing, and community development approaches. The program will be delivered within four Peer Support Circles in each community:
1) Women’s Peer Support Circle.
2) Young Women’s Peer Support Circle.
3) Men’s Peer Support Circle.
4) Young Men’s Peer Support Circle.
Peer Support Circles create a safe space for members to heal from their pasts, learn and practice new skills, and create new pathways for their futures. Members are segregated by age and gender to increase the likelihood of feeling comfortable, enabling them to share and reflect on life experiences together.
The program is delivered in three phases: Me; My relationships; and My community. Each phase takes roughly one year to complete. The community healing program will be implemented through local partner organisations in Simbu Province, Eastern Highlands Province, East Sepik Province and will also be extended to Central Province.