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The Freedom Programme

“I went out for the first time in 18 years.”

The Freedom Programme

What is it about?

It is a course that will make sense of the abuse you have experienced/are experiencing. It will reduce the shame and blame you are maybe feeling. It will help you to start to heal. It will help you move forward with your life. It will let you know you are not the only one.

The course takes place online once a week for two hours a week, over about twelve weeks. Usually there are 8 women at each group. The course is free and is currently being done via Zoom, a video meeting app. We will resume our in-person groups when this is possible.

It is informal. You will be with a group of women who have had a similar experience. This peer support is incredible.

Each week we look at one of twelve types of abusive or controlling behaviour. That we work through: for example:

  • The tactics of the particular behaviour – eg Bullying
  • What an abuser expects to achieve from that behaviour
  • How that behaviour affects our beliefs and the way we act

The behaviours we look at:

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Info graphic - The dominator

The final part of each session covers alternative positive and encouraging behaviours that are healthy, liberating and equally based.  Good partners really do exist.

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Info graphic - Mr Right

What will I get from it?

Often women in controlling or abusive relationships feel overwhelmed and to blame. By working through the session you will:

  • Recognise abusive or controlling behaviour from their current or previous partners or other family members
  • Have looked at the impact of abuse on yourself and your children
  • Know why our beliefs and attitudes impacts on our behaviour
  • Develop ways of thinking and behaving to help protect yourself and your children from harm
  • Know what non-abusive behaviours look like
  • Be able to spot early warning signs of abuse
  • Be more able to take control of your life through as your confidence and self-esteem will increase
  • Feel less alone
  • Know who else can help you


In an emergency, always call the police on 999.

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Book a Course

The 12 week course is for any woman interested in learning more about the effects of domestic abuse and, in particular for women who experience/ have experienced domestic abuse.

To book your course please either:
Fill in web form on this site
– Email info@sajescotland.org
– Phone us 07909 482279 or 07887 248354