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Sunday 26 July 2015

Feedback from SOCIAL WORKERS who use Freedom Programme ONLINE

The online programme costs £10.00 to purchase from my web site. Purchasers can use it 
as often as they need it. We are constantly adding new animations to make it more helpful to users with learning difficulties. 

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SW Kelly
'i have been working through the 'FP on line' with a mum who has a 4 year old daughter on a Child Protection plan. Mum has been having casual relationships with risky adults and placed her 4 year old at risk of sexual abuse. Working through the online has enabled mother to understand how she has been vulnerable to abusive men, has ended all her relationships ... and is now able to safeguard and protect her daughter appropriately'. 

Siobhan SW
"working through the FP on line with a mother subjected to severe DV has resulted in her leaving her partner, protecting her five children .... preventing them from being taken into care'.

Mel SW
' I have been working with the FP online with a mother of 7 children (3-17years). Mother has been in repeated DV relationships. Working through the online slowly has shown mum how she has been subjected to abuse and sexual violence - and she is finally 'getting it' ..... that she has a choice?  She has now made her partner leave - and the children are much happier and healthier .... and the case has been de-escalated from Child Protection to Child in Need.

Sue SW
I have been working with a mother with the FP Online. The aspect of the Bully has really resonated with her and she has gained a great understanding and awareness of how she has been subjecting her children to violent and abusive men. She is now living alone with her children and the results are remarkable - we will soon be closing the case.

Martha SW
Working through the Sexual Controller with the FP Online with a mother who is a sex worker, has completely opened her eyes to how from an early age she has been groomed into believing she had no choice, other than to be controlled and dominated by men. Slowly she is awakening to the fact that she has a choice and is now working towards getting her children back!"

Caroline SW
I visit my individual families weekly and work through the FP online programme using an aspect of the Dominator week after week. It has amazing impact. The mothers I work with are now getting so much clarity on recognising the signs of abusive and violent relationships .... and are making more informed decisions about their relationships, which is preventing the department seeking legal planning? 

Feedback from women who have completed the course

'Only half way through and I already know it will be life changing'
'Until I did this course I had not realised how he had affected the children!'

Sunday 19 July 2015

Information about the Freedom Programme

What is the Freedom Programme?
We provide information not therapy. 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 was primarily designed for women as victims of domestic violence, since research shows that in the vast majority of cases of serious abuse are male on female. However, the programme, when provided as an intensive two day course, is also suitable for men, whether abusive and wishing to change their attitudes and behaviour or whether victims of domestic abuse themselves. Freedom Programme examines the roles played by attitudes and beliefs on the actions 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.

Where is the Freedom Programme?
There are programmes across the UK and in Dublin. To find contact details for a programme near you click on the Search Section on the web site.
You can also contact our help line /help desk
01942 262 270  /

What if there are no programmes in my area?

There are also links on my web site to  online programme and to the book section for the Home Study Course which is available from Amazon. Sales fund our charity. 

       Any woman should be able to phone the contact numbers on my website and be told where and when the next session is taking place and whether crรจche facilities are available. I do not endorse intrusive questions, referrals or risk assessments.
       Women must be actively welcomed to the programme.
       We never give advice or tell any woman that she should leave. If it were so easy we would have all left.
       Judgemental statements such as I would never let anyone do that to me or this has never happened to me are not acceptable.
       Facilitators refer to all women as us and never use the dreaded words These Women.
       These programmes are only for the women who attend them. I do not endorse the presence of observers.
       Ideally, every woman who attends should be given a copy of the book Living with the Dominator and the supplement The Freedom Programme Home Study Course as soon as she arrives. This will enhance her learning. Clearly she will know if it is safe to take these publications home or to leave them in a folder with the facilitator.
       This programme lasts for 12 x 90 minute sessions. It is a rolling programme, so women who attend can miss a session and do it later when they are ready. Some women can take years to complete it.
       Session 4 is about the Effects of Domestic Abuse on Children. It is repeated in session 8. Facilitators who only want to run this once can shorten the programme to 11 weeks.

Tuesday 14 July 2015


Do it!!
Child Protection Key Worker- 

They need to attend!
Parent Support Advisor- 

Very eye opening and informative, understanding the aspects of the dominator and why they behave in such a way. I have learnt that historically women are seen as inferior and that message is still today a matter of concern.
Family Support Worker- 

That everyone I met was lovely and that Clare addressed all questions directed at her.
Project Worker- 

How empowering it is, gaining knowledge to support other women experiencing DV.
Senior Family Worker-

That it will support working with families, increasing your understanding about victims experiences and what their lives may be like.  Why they may not be engaging, insight into the beliefs of the male parents we may be working with and again informing our support for families.
Family Support Outreach Worker- 

Yes definitely- really insightful, gave me ability to reflect on my practise and make changes (this also applies on a personal level). Would feel more confident to challenge poor practise.
Family Support Worker- 

Great opportunity to understand the cycle of abusive relationships, to answer why victims stay in this situation, understand the effects on the victims, their children and society. Excellent programme, brilliant facilitator, experienced, open, friendly, inspiring and warm!!!

It helps you become more knowledgeable and informative of DA. It also helps you to share this knowledge with victims of DA and will help give them the choice to leave with support.
Family Support Worker- 

Its informative and helpful!!  Would tell people to attend!!
Parent And Pupil Support- 
Everyone need to attend, it’s a real eye opener. You learn so much about the different personas the dominator may display.
Family Support Worker- 

I would recommend this training to my colleagues, it give you a greater insight into why thing to need to change. When we work with women and mums in general we will look at the while situation with fresh eyes.   
Family Support Worker- 

The training is informative and I can now see the huge gap in services provided for women who experience DV. This training is very useful for any professional working in this field.
Senior Family Support Worker – 

Thoroughly recommended, informative, I insightful, educational, motivational l and not for the faint hearted. 
Smart skills Tutor- 

Brilliantly valuable training, effective in explaining, outlining and tackling sensitive issues of DA. Fantastic way of sharing knowledge and experience in a safe and respected environment, brilliant facilitator in Clare walker.
Family Support Worker-

The training is excellent and gives you a broad understanding of the dominator and how hard it is for victims to leave this kind of relationship especially without support.
Housing and Probation key Worker – 

That it enables you to be clearer on identifying every aspect of a dominator. It also enables you to put yourself in the mind-set of a victim.
Family Support Worker –

Do the training, everyone should be aware of the freedom programme and tactics of the dominator. Make men and women aware of Mr and Mrs Dominator and encourage them to attend a freedom programme to increaser knowledge about behaviours.
Family Practitioner- 

This is a brilliant course. It gives you a clear picture of the dominator. This course will help you to empower women who are or have suffered abuse. 
Outreach Worker-

It was pitched at the right leave and very good tool to use with others.
Senior Family Worker- 

The training enables you to recognise the various types of DA, the effects on women and children and works the manual to empower women. To recognise the abuse they are suffering, it is useful training that will make a huge difference to the lives of women and children. 
Family Support Worker- 

DA is more than the odd slap. The training gives you an insight as to why dominators think its ok to abuse others and helps you to understand why it not as easy as just walking out or ending a relationship.
Learning and Development Manager-

Effective, practical experience at facilitating, time to evaluate own /societies’ core beliefs which may make DA seem ok. Reflective training which doesn’t discriminate between male, female, victims and perpetrator.
Children’s Centre Support Worker- 

Gives a useful basis to be able to work with women experiencing domestic abuse.