What is the Freedom Programme?

The Freedom Programme is a 12 week rolling support group for women, open to any woman who wishes to learn more about the reality of domestic abuse, or are experiencing or have had experienced domestic abuse.

The programme runs every Thursday 12:30 – 2:30pm. We have a fully certified trained facilitator to put you at ease in a safe and confidential environment.

We are located at New Hope Community Church, Old Lane, Halfway, S20 3GZ

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Even before the pandemic as a church we had planned to expand our help to the vulnerable who are caught up in domestic violence. The Freedom course dovetails well with our existing ministries of foodbank, furniture project and mental health support.  As an extension to this course, we are hoping to offer something similar to our local comprehensive schools.

The Freedom Programme is a domestic violence programme which was created by Pat Craven who holds the copyright (all rights reserved) and evolved from her work with perpetrators of domestic violence. The programme usually lasts for 11 or 12 weeks and is provided FREE to clients, including all materials. It is provided by hundreds of agencies across the UK. 

The aim of the programme is to;


  • Provide information that will help you understand abuse
  • Help you recognise the beliefs held by abusive men
  • Assist you to meet other women with similar life experiences
  • Illustrate the effects of domestic violence on children
  • Help build your confidence and self-esteem
  • Help you recognise future abusers and move on to abuse free lives
  • Provide the information in a confidential and safe environment

The Freedom Programme provides information not therapy. We examine the roles played by attitudes and beliefs of abusive men and the responses of victims and survivors. The aim is to help them to make sense of and understand what has happened to them, instead of the whole experience just feeling like a horrible mess. The Freedom Programme also describes in detail how children are affected by being exposed to this kind of abuse and very importantly how their lives are improved when the abuse is removed.

To learn more information about domestic abuse and the Freedom Programme go to this website: https://freedomprogramme.co.uk/

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