A Space to Breathe
We are pleased to announce the launch of our domestic and sexual violence project, A Space to Breathe, courtesy of grant funding from the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.
Services we provide:
Freedom Programme - a 12 week course specifically for women who have experienced or are experiencing DSV. Using Pat Craven’s ‘Living with the Dominator’, the programme explores how power and control are used to dominate and violate women within abusive relationships.
Freedom Forever - Many of our women then go on to complete the Freedom Forever programme, which focuses on healing from DSV, recognising red flags in future relationships and providing advice and support relating to housing, budgeting and the law. We take both self – referrals and referrals from professionals for either course. (Please note: We fully acknowledge that men and boys also experience DSV, and we will signpost to appropriate services as necessary).
Freedom Programme for Children - this course is targeted specifically at children who have experienced (or are currently experiencing) DSV. Using the same model (Pat Craven’s Freedom Programme resources), the course explores feelings and emotions associated with abuse and recovery and both parents and/or professionals can refer CYP to this service.
Psycho-educational Workshops for Schools
The pandemic has seen a significant rise in cases of child abuse and DSV and we at A Space to Breathe are here to help. We offer psycho – educational workshops to CYP addressing issues such as ‘Gender Stereotypes’, ‘Healthy/Unhealthy (Abusive) Relationships’, ‘Online exploitation’, ‘Domestic and Sexual Violence’ and ‘Toxic Masculinity’, our workshops are designed to complement the already mandatory ‘Relationships and Sex Education’ (RSE) curriculum implemented by schools as laid out in the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019, made under sections 34 and 35 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017. It is now compulsory that RSE is offered to secondary school children, and where possible, also primary school children. As our project is currently funded, we can offer a free of charge service to your school, to compliment the RSE currently provided.