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In Chaplynka military wives learn to manage conflicts
On the photo: psychotherapist Antonina Prodos (on the left), head of department of social protection of the population of Chaplynka district administration Alyona Rashchupkina, project director Natalya Dorofeyeva (on the right) Photo by Igor Kachura, "New Generation"
On the photo: psychotherapist Antonina Prodos (on the left), head of department of social protection of the population of Chaplynka district administration Alyona Rashchupkina, project director Natalya Dorofeyeva (on the right)

During the event military wives learned to understand their feelings, assessed how conflicts influence family relations, found internal resources for their resolving. The meeting was held on January 15 in Chaplynka territorial center of social service in Kherson region.

During the meeting military wives learned to understand their feelings, assessed how conflicts influence family relations, found internal resources for their resolving. The event was held on January 15 in Chaplynka territorial center of social service in Kherson region.

Participants and their demobilized husbands endured difficult events that affected their psychological conditions, some situations complicate their lives till now. Women sincerely shared their experiences and troubles that influence their family relations.

The project expert, psychotherapist Antonina Prodos helped participants share frankly their behavior in conflict, offered patterns that could be applied during problem situations.

“After return from military service my husband has changed so much. He became angry, often shows aggression. He doesn't see people, animal, living beings, they seem to be just a target for him. He easily loses his temper, we often have conflicts, even at the slightest thing. I am permanently feeling fear for children. We have two sons - 6 and 10 years old. I try not to provoke conflict situations, I already know more about things that can annoy him, however, it is difficult for children to understand what happens to their father. I am much worried about them. The husband accuses everyone of not understanding him, claiming he was there, at war and others weren't. I want to help him. What can I really do? Because what I am doing now, it apparently doesn't help”, Olena shared her experience.

Special attention during the meeting was paid to discussion of children feelings. In particular, when there are conflicts in a family. Participants received recommendations on their individual needs. There was an opportunity through other women’s stories to gain new experience and understanding of their own situations.

Wives of former ATO combatants highly appreciated the meeting:

“When I came, I didn't know what it could look like. All questions what we have considered are very interesting. It is a wide experience for me, I want to include a lot of things into my life. There were a lot of important issues I didn't think of earlier. It appeared that they are of great importance. Very valuable tips for raising the child. I overestimated some my actions, understood what was worth changing in the family relations. Now I feel more self-confident”.

For today Chaplynka regional department of social protection of the population work with 117 families of former ATO combatants. Their return to habitual life requires time and professional help.

Participants of the meeting were offered to keep on communicating and supporting each other. Women can gather in a special place allocated for this purpose to stay away for a while from family situations, to receive positive emotions, just to talk. A communication expert can be invited. Such self-help group is really capable of supporting families and assisting cope with difficult life circumstances.

Reference
The event was held by the youth NGO "New Generation" within the project "In search of understanding: to understand and accept" with support of the Ukrainian Peacekeeping School and British Embassy in Ukraine.
Partners of the event are NGO "League of Social Workers of Ukraine" (Chaplynka) and Department of Social Protection of the Population of Chaplynka Regional State administration.
Contacts: for more information please contact Natalya Dorofeyeva, project director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ph. (0552) 42 03 22, socioprostir.org.ua

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