The Freedom Programme
The Freedom Programme looks at the way that abusive men behave and what they believe about the roles of men and women in society.
The aim of the programme is:
- To help women who have experienced domestic violence make sense of and understand what has happened to them.
- To recognise potential future abusers.
- To hep women gain self-esteem and the confidence to improve their lives, instead of the whole experience just feeling like a horrible mess.
The programme is a 12 week rolling programme, which means that women can join at any point – the benefits are the same as long as the 12 sessions are completed.
These sessions look at:
- How the abuser maintains control.
- The tactics and beliefs of abusive men.
- The effect of domestic violence and abuse on any children living in the home.
- The sessions will also help women to understand that what has happened to them is not their fault, as well as providing them with the knowledge needed to protect themselves and their children from harm.
The programme runs at various locations around Buckinghamshire and if childcare is needed it will be paid
(Registered childminder or nursery fees only).
The Freedom Programme is free of charge and open to all women, regardless of age, class, ethic origin, disability, sexuality, nationality, religion or cultural beliefs. It is also open to women with or without children.
For more information please ring 07746 667 651 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Freedom Programme was devised by Pat Craven and is co-ordinated in Buckinghamshire by Aylesbury Women’s Aid.
The Freedom Programme has made me feel less alone and more confident.
Being in a group of women who have experienced similar things helped settle my mind - that I wasn't going mad.
Attending this programme has opened my eyes to how abuse at home really affects your children. What to look out for in an abusive partner, identify the signs. I feel that I am armoured for the future.
makes men abuse
Many people who drink are not violent. Many men are sober when they abuse their partners and the majority of abusers are not alcoholics. Some men use drink to deny responsibility and as an excuse for abuse. Many victims know that before the abuser starts drinking, they will become violent.
Women are 17 times more likely to contact police when a perpetrator is drunk or drugged because the abuser is less predictable. This contributes to a misconception that drink or drugs caused the abuse.