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Freedom Programme

What is the Freedom Programme?

The freedom programme is a 12 week programme which helps women to  make sense of the abuse you have experienced/are experiencing. It will reduce the shame and blame you might be feeling. It will help you to start to heal. It will help you move forward with your life.
It will let you know you are not the only one.

Each week we look at one of twelve types of abusive or controlling behaviour, for example:

  • The tactics of the particular behaviour – eg Bullying
  • What an abuser expects to achieve from that behaviour
  • How that behaviour affects our beliefs and the way we act
Each session also looks at alternative positive and encouraging behaviours that are healthy, liberating and equally based.  Good partners really do exist.

 

What is the Freedom Programme?

The freedom programme is a 12 week programme which helps women to  make sense of the abuse you have experienced/are experiencing. It will reduce the shame and blame you might be feeling. It will help you to start to heal. It will help you move forward with your life.
It will let you know you are not the only one.

Each week we look at one of twelve types of abusive or controlling behaviour, for example:

  • The tactics of the particular behaviour – eg Bullying
  • What an abuser expects to achieve from that behaviour
  • How that behaviour affects our beliefs and the way we act
Each session also looks at alternative positive and encouraging behaviours that are healthy, liberating and equally based.  Good partners really do exist.

 

What will I get out of attending?

Often women in controlling or abusive relationships feel overwhelmed and blame themselves for what has happened. By working through the sessions you will:
  • Know you are not alone
  • Recognise abusive or controlling behaviour from their current or previous partners or other family members
  • Have looked at the impact of abuse on yourself and your children
  • Know why our beliefs and attitudes impacts on our behaviour
  • Develop ways of thinking and behaving to help protect yourself and your children from harm
  • Know what non-abusive behaviours look like
  • Be able to spot early warning signs of abuse
  • Be more able to take control of your life, as your confidence and self-esteem will increase
  • Feel less alone
  • Know who else can help you

 

Attend a Freedom session

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