The Freedom Programme Facilitator Training


Freedom Programme Facilitator Training

The Freedom Programme was originally designed by Pat Craven in 1999, to address the abuser’s tactics and behaviours. It the examines the perceptions held of who is to blame for the violence & abuse by considering the beliefs of the abusing partner, the victim and society at large. It further explores the impact & effect on victims and their children, warning signs and what constitutes a ‘healthy’ partner. The programme provides a window of opportunity to explore these issues in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental forum enabling women to develop their own support network, alleviating their sense of isolation.

This an intensive three-day training, which explores the programme in full and provides an in-depth insight into domestic and sexual violence and abuse. It enables practitioners to run an 11/12 week programme which raises awareness and knowledge for victims/survivors about abuser behaviours, tactics and beliefs.

Training is suitable for any practitioners, statutory & voluntary, working with victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, including family support practitioners, CYP services, housing associations, tenency support, IDVAs, police, refuge & outreach staff, probation, health visitors, midwives, school nurses, therapeutic services, legal services, CAB, pastoral staff, support groups, community groups and those working with vulnerable adults and children.

It is not intended that every participant of the training become a facilitator. This training is equally useful to those working in a one to one capacity. Support will be given within the training on how to set up a group programme as well as using the Homestudy book.

This training can be provided in-house for a minimum of 10 persons. If you would like to access a multi-agency training please go to the Events page for future dates. For further information on this training, please contact Cathy directly via the Contact page.

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Please see our Events page for forthcoming dates.



Everyone should do this course – women, men, children. The fearlessness and honesty about the misogyny in society was brilliant and essential. The trainers literally could not have been better with their energy, humour, passion and positivity.


St Albans

Doing the 3 day Freedom Programme training has given me all I need in terms of knowledge, skills and resources to deliver a programme for victims in my local area. A very comprehensive, well delivered and underpinned training. The trainers were very knowledgeable, experienced and funny! Thanks both.


Dovers Green School CC Redhill, Surrey

The programme really opens your eyes. Even if you don’t go on to present the course the information/knowledge and training you gain will help you have a better understanding within your work.


ThePrison Service

Excellent course. Gained a lot of knowledge from attending the training. The trainers were approachable and willing to discuss any questions and encouraged everyone to take part.


Amazing training with incredibly knowledgeable trainers who supported and shared their experiences to support us. It was an interactive training that allowed us to explore the programme. Just amazing!!


Action for ChildrenSouth Buckinghamshire

Very effective training. Excellent trainers who gave clear insight. I was a victim, I am a survivor and being able to offer other women this insight, maybe they can survive too!

Burhill CCSurrey

Brilliant training. Exhausting but well worth it!



The Freedom Programme training opened my eyes to what some women go through and will help me enormously in supporting women. The trainers were both very open providing a wealth of knowledge and experience. Thank you.

Chandlers Field SchoolSurrey

I have much more awareness of the cycle and process of abuse, types of abuse and felt supported in the learning by the trainers.


Stockport Homes

I gained an awareness of the tactics and beliefs of an abuser and how to raise awareness of this amongst survivors of abuse. The trainers gave fantastic insight into the practicalities of running a group and really supported us through the parts of the training we found tricky or emotionally difficult.


The Rise TrustNorth Wiltshire