Freedom Programme

We have been delivering the Freedom Programme, created by Pat Craven, for over 11 years.

The 11-week programme is open to women 16+ who want to learn more about the reality of domestic violence and abuse in relationships. Each session explores the abusive tactics, controlling behaviours and belief systems of the dominator and the effects on our health and well-being.

Recognising the Signs of Domestic Abuse

Details about the Freedom Programme:

  • This is an 11-week education programme
  • As it is a rolling programme you can start the programme at any point and can catch up on any missed sessions when they are repeated.
  • Each session runs for 2 hours per week
  • Open to Women ages 16+
  • You will receive a free copy of ‘Living With The Dominator’ 
  • and a copy of The Home Study Workbook which is a supplement to ‘Living With The Dominator’.
During the sessions, when looking at tactics, beliefs and effects the groups focus on a dominator and a woman called ‘Ann’. This enables you a safe way to release what is held inside without anyone knowing your circumstances. 
We never give advice or tell a woman that she should leave. If it were that easy, she would have already left.



To help women understand the beliefs held by abusive men and in doing so, recognise which of these beliefs they may have shared


To illustrate the effects of domestic violence on children


To assist women to recognise potential future abusers and assist in breaking the cycle of violence


To help women gain self-esteem and the confidence to improve the quality of their lives


To introduce women to community resources

"Attending a programme with other women going through the same situation offers confirmation of what is happening, as it can all be very confusing. And the strength of the staff and information shared in an upbeat positive way is amazing."

- Freedom Programme participant