Survivor Support Programmes

There are several programmes aimed at supporting survivors of domestic abuse running in Cambridgeshire - please see below for details and please note the referral routes and criteria for each provider.

Own my Life is a course of 12 sessions (with another 4 optional for support and de-brief) for survivors of domestic abuse who are no longer in the abusive relationship.  Each session is an hour long with a maximum of 12 participants.  Refuge are now running the Own my Life course in Fenland / Peterborough / Huntingdon areas (first sessions will be on Zoom).

Refuge are also running a different version for male victims which will be more about awareness and recognising abuse. 

Survivors can self refer by emailing Cambsgroupwork@refuge.org.uk

Freedom to be me is a 12 week course we look at the way that abusive men behave and what they believe about the roles of men and women in society. The aim of the course is: To help women who have experienced domestic violence make sense of and understand what has happened to them. To recognise potential future abusers. To help women gain self-esteem and the confidence to improve their lives, instead of the whole experience just feeling like a horrible mess. This is a rolling, women only, programme running for 12 weeks.
 
Freedom to be me runs at The Edge Cafe in Cambridge.  To self refer please contact gail@theedgecafecambridge.com
Living Keys run a number of programmes including Freedom Programme (women only), Hope 2 Recovery (separate sessions for men and women) and Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit (separate sessions for men and women).  For more information and how to refer, please visit their website Courses – Living Keys
 
Opoka offer an online Freedom Programme for survivors in Polish (Freedom programme 2021 | Opoka) They accept referrals all year round and women can join on a rolling basis.

 

Victim Support’s iMatter programme has been designed for women aged 16 and over who have been, or are currently, victims of domestic abuse.

It is suitable for those who are not high risk, and is available in the following languages: English, Welsh, Urdu, Bengali, Polish and Gujarati.

The programme is delivered online, by Zoom, across 10 weeks in groups of up to 12 women. Sessions are facilitated by two specially-trained Victim Support staff members. Each session lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Survivors can self-refer by contacting the iMatter team on 0300 303 5881 or completing the secure online form: www.victimsupport.org.uk/imatter

Professionals - please read the criteria in the leaflet below and refer via secure online referral form: https://imatter.egressforms.com