Organisation: Churn Project


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Project name: Freedom- support with domestic abuse

Priority Type: Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls

Total Investment: 7500

Awarded: 2019/2020, 2020/2021, 2022/2023, 2023/2024

Location: Cotswolds

About the project:

We will offer the Freedom Programme to women affected by domestic abuse. The programme is designed to change attitudes towards abusers, to educate women about what has happened to them, and what signs to be aware of in a potentially abusive situation in the future. Often women attending the programme have not identified the behaviours/patterns as coercive control and often miss the signs earlier on, so when they are feeling threatened and frightened they are already very much affected by this controlling behaviour and it has a powerful impact on them. This of course effects their ability to leave and has further negative impact on any children. Freedom looks at the whole dynamics of a controlling relationship in which coercive control is the most powerful; domestic abuse is is not just about physical violence. Thus the programme and any follow up 121 work supports women to make sense of their past experience, to understand their own rights and resources, and avoid similar experiences happening again. We also offer 121 support to women currently affected by abuse, or who need additional support to manage their wellbeing and keep themselves or their families safe.