What is the FREEDOM PROGRAMME
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. We provide information, not therapy.
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 a child friendly course, it is also suitable for children of a primary school age.
The Freedom Programme examines the roles played by attitudes and beliefs on the actions of abusive men and the responses of victims and survivors and children. 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 the children are affected by being exposed to this kind of abuse and very importantly how their lives are improved when the abuse is removed.
The programme usually lasts for 8 weekly group sessions for primary school age children and is FREE.
A child receiving 1:1 school support and the Freedom Programme for Children (Age 8)
Child A had witnessed domestic abuse between his parents when he was a small child. He has three younger siblings.
He spoke about staying in his room all the time and playing on his x box or sleeping. He didn’t want to get out of bed in the mornings and just wanted to curl up in his duvet and stay there!
We started working with him in school using the Freedom Programme for Children over 8 weekly sessions.
By week 4 he was opening up about his feelings. He stated that he” got very angry and annoyed by his younger brothers”, but also had an understanding that it was ok to tell them to stop annoying him or tell his mum how he was feeling. He told us that he had learned to walk away to his own space and calm down, before reacting with his anger first. This was a great achievement for him!
By week 8, he was making eye contact, placing his hands on the table and was very aware of his feelings.
He also had letters sent home by his class teacher and Head teacher for his manners and politeness. He also got a sticker and note home for his class work. This was so amazing for this shy little boy who would originally cover his face with his hair and put himself down!
Such a pleasure to work with holding the door open for us and making sure he said “thank you”.