Freedom Programme

Freedom Programme

Nottingham Central Women’s Aid is pleased to be able to offer a programme of free group sessions Funded by the Big Lottery. The main aim of the sessions are to help women who are currently experiencing or have survived domestic abuse to make sense of and understand what has happened to them.

Who is the course for?

  • Women who are currently in an abusive relationship
  • Women who have fled from an abusive relationship
  • Any Woman who is interested in attending

What does the programme cover?

The Freedom Programme examines the attitudes and beliefs of abusers and the responses of victims and survivors. The aim is to help women 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.

Attending the sessions

  • The sessions are held in Nottingham during term time
  • Our programmes start in January, April and September.
  • The sessions are weekly and run for 11-12 weeks.
  • We may be able to provide a crèche for children.
  • All women are welcome to the programme.
  • We provide a supportive and non-judgemental environment.


What women have said…

“I have learnt about the tactics the dominator uses to get you to stay, or come back”

 “I have learnt how my ex-partner uses his body language and facial expressions to intimidate me to get what he wants”

“I understand a lot more and I don’t blame myself”

“Love this programme”

“I have now completed the freedom programme and I feel I could now identify the difference between a dominator and a decent man. Thank you for all the advice and support during this course”

How can I book onto the programme?

For more information and to book a place, you can email

Call on:

0115 9607 943

Or fill in our contact us form.


History of the Freedom Programme

The Freedom Programme was created by Pat Craven and evolved from her work with perpetrators of domestic violence.  For more information, or to buy the home study course books, see the Freedom Programme website.