Help to move on from abuse

The effect of domestic abuse can continue for many years after leaving the abuse.

People who have been experienced abuse often find support through a specialist group programme is useful to help them to understand how abusers use power and control within relationships. 

Note that these courses are free but do run at different times and venues so may not always be available.  Contact the groups listed for further information.

Freedom Programme

The Freedom Programme is a 12-week group course for women only.

It helps women to understand the tactics abusers use and how to break the pattern of abuse. 

There is also an online course available for £12 through the Freedom Programme website.

Organisations running this programme:

Breckland - Daisy Programme

Website: daisyprogramme.org.uk
Email: help@daisyprogramme.org.uk

Lowestoft - Waveney Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum

Website: www.waveneydvforum.org.uk
Telephone: 01502 572143
Email: info@waveneydvforum.org.uk

Lowestoft - Waveney - Orwell (Liberty Project)

Telephone: 0845 467 1420
Email: libertyproject@orwell-housing.co.uk

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk – Pandora

Open the Box Programme

Ten-week programme for women

  • looking at the different types of abuse,
  • understanding the tactics used to keep control,
  • how technology is used by perpetrators,
  • family history and breaking the cycle.
  • Also included is confidence and self-esteem building.

Website: www.pandoraproject.org.uk
Email: referrals@pandoraproject.org.uk

Power to Change

A course to build self-esteem and empowerment whilst helping to understand experiences.

Organisation running this programme:

Leeway

Website: www.leewaysupport.org.uk
Telephone: 0300 561 0077
(Not north Norfolk or south Norfolk)

Day Programme

A multimedia course based on the Freedom programme, eight 2 hour sessions to challenge beliefs and attitudes at the heart of domestic abuse for women aged 16-25 not living with the perpetrator.

Organisation running this programme:

Great Yarmouth - GFS Platform

Website: www.gfsplatform.org.uk
Telephone: 01493 852253
Email: greatyarmouth@gfsplatform.org.uk
The Daisy Programme in Breckland also runs some other group sessions at different times.  Contact them as above for further details.

Counselling

Some people who have been through abusive relationships can also benefit from individual counselling support. Counsellors can be found through on-line directories such as on the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or Counselling-Directory, but will normally charge a fee.  The following organisations can provide a lower cost (or sometimes free) option depending on the person’s ability to pay.

Norfolk Wellbeing Service

Website: www.wellbeingnandw.co.uk
Telephone: 0300 123 1503
Free services throughout Norfolk & Waveney for anyone age 16 or over – often in GP surgeries or other community venues.  Different kinds of support to help people make positive changes, to improve wellbeing and to help cope with stress, anxiety and depression. Also Youth Service for 16-25.

Mancroft Advice Project

Website: www.map.uk.net
Telephone: 01603 766994
Email: info@map.uk.net
Free Counselling for young people aged 11-25 with centres in Norwich, Kings Lynn, Attleborough, North Walsham, Great Yarmouth

Off the Record - Norwich

Website: www.otr-norfolk.org.uk
01603 626650
Email: info@otr-norfolk.org.uk

One to One Project – West Norfolk

Website: www.onetooneproject.com
Telephone: 01553 770770
Email: onetooneproject@aol.com

St Barnabas Counselling Centre - Norwich

Website: www.stbcc.org.uk
Telephone: 01603 625222
Email: admin@stbcc.org.uk

The Norwich Centre - Norwich

Website: www.norwichcentre.org
Telephone: 01603 617709
Email: info@norwichcentre.org

Mind Norwich and Central

Website: www.norwichmind.org.uk
Telephone: 01603 432457
Email: gateway@norwichmind.org.uk

Benjamin Foundation - Side by Side Project

Website: www.benjaminfoundation.co.uk
Telephone:  01603 615670

Relate

Website: www.relate.org.uk/norfolk-suffolk
Telephone: 01603 625333

Centres for Christian Care and Counselling (4Cs)

Website: www.fourcs.org.uk
Telephone: 01603 667722, 01362 851101, 07767 341939
Email: norwich@fourcs.org.uk | enquiries@4cscounselling.org.uk
Centres in Norwich, Dereham, Kings Lynn. Although faith based, clients can be of any or no faith and faith will not be discussed. Minimum charge £5 per hour.


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