Domestic Abuse Awareness and Support Group for Women
The Freedom Programme is a 12 week support group for women. It s open to any woman who wants to learn more about the reality of domestic abuse.
It aims to:
- help women to understand the beliefs held by abusive men and in so doing recognise which of these beliefs they have shared
- help women to gain self esteem and the confidence to improve the quality of their lives
- to look at the effects of domestic abuse on children
- to help women to recognise potential future abusersx
- to introduce women to community resources such as the Police Domestic Abuse Unit and Rape Crisis
The Freedom Programme is being run by North Derbyshire Women's Aid in venues across the areas of Chestefield Borough, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover Districts in partnership with Derbyshire County Council Children's Centres.
All courses are open to women from any area.
All programmes are free.
Creche places for pre-school age children may be available.
Currently there is a rolling programme running at our advice centre which you can join on any Friday 12 noon- 2 p.m.
or contact us for details of programmes in the community: 0800 0198 668
You can also go to the Freedom Programme website for general information about the programme.
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Living with the Dominator
The book ‘Living with the Dominator’ by Pat Craven with illustrations by the acclaimed artist Jacky Fleming is now published in paperback. This book about the Freedom Programme explains violent and abusive behaviour and places it in a social context. It can help readers of any age and sexual orientation to change their own behaviour and to recognise when they are being controlled.
Pat Craven is the creator of the Freedom Programme. Jacky Fleming has produced several books and her illustrations have appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman and the Independent on Sunday.