Domestic Abuse & The Freedom Programme
The Domestic Violence Project
The Domestic Violence project offers support to families who have experienced domestic abuse, where the perpetrator is no longer in the home. Families are matched with a volunteer who visits each week and offers emotional and practical support.
The project will:
Work with families to increase their knowledge of specialist domestic violence services in the Lambeth area and.
- Encourage families to access local support services.
- Provide practical and emotional support that is tailored to the family’s individual needs in order to build confidence and self-esteem.
- Educate on the causes and impact of domestic abuse.
- Support mothers to protect and support their children effectively.
- Empower women to make informed and safe choices about their futures and signpost or refer them to appropriate services.
The Freedom Programme
Freedom is a programme of information and education for any woman who has experienced or is experiencing domestic abuse. It consists of 6 weekly sessions of 2 hours. The programme runs in term time only and a free crèche is provided, (currently running as an online programme).
The Freedom Programme is a nationally recognised educational programme designed to provide a safe place for women to explore their personal experiences in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment. It teaches women to identify tactics used to maintain power and control in abusive relationships. The programme also aims to:
- Help women understand common beliefs held by abusive men.
- Help women understand the effects of domestic abuse on their children.
- Help women to gain self-esteem and confidence.
- Help women to recognise future abusers.
- Help women learn what constitutes a healthy relationship.