Wednesday, 4 March 2009


Thanet district Council press release

More support will now be available for the victims of domestic abuse, following the graduation of a new set of Freedom Programme Facilitators.

The Freedom Programme is a free educational and empowerment course, designed for women who are survivors of domestic abuse. The programme covers topics such as the different types of abusive behaviour and the effect that this behaviour has upon the victims and their families.

The programme has been running in Thanet since 2005 and has processed over 200 referrals. Now that an additional 15 facilitators have been trained in the area, the total amount of people able to lead the groups has risen to 26, ensuring that more women than ever before can access the course.

Dee Neligan, Thanet Domestic Abuse Service Coordinator, said: “It’s fantastic that we can now offer this course to an increased number of domestic abuse survivors. The feedback from the Freedom Programme tells us that women who have attended it come away from the groups feeling more in control of their lives, more confident and less likely to enter into another abusive relationship. Their feelings of safety improve and the group provides an excellent support network for them.”

If you or someone that you know is in an abusive relationship, there is help out there. Please contact:
The National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247
Kent Domestic Violence Information Line on 0845 603 6813
Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327
Broken Rainbow (for LGBT communities) on 08452 604 460

For more information on the Freedom programme, please contact Dee Neligan on 01843 577729

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