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.
The Freedom Programme was devised by Pat Craven and is co-ordinated in Buckinghamshire by Aylesbury Women’s Aid.