*Note* Groups do not generally run over the summer holiday period – however the new group programme for Sept 2019 will be ‘coming soon’. In the meantime, the Wednesday night Freedom Programme at Leicester Uni is a rolling programme which can be joined at any time.
We accept referrals to the UAVA group programmes from professionals. To refer an individual, please download and complete the below Group Programmes form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any queries regarding the referral process or the group programmes, please call our business line on 0116 255 0004.
Guidance Checklist DASH RIC
Groups Referral Lightbulb Referral
An outline of each programme, followed by the next start dates for each course, is below.
The Freedom Programme, created by Pat Craven, examines the roles played by attitudes and beliefs on the actions of abusive men and the responses of victims and survivors. The aim is to help them to make sense of and understand what has happened to them. The Freedom Programme also describes in detail how children are affected by being exposed to this kind of abuse and very importantly how their lives are improved when the abuse is removed. Currently open to females, aged 18+.
The Recovery Toolkit, created by Su Penna, is a 12 week programme for any individual who has experienced domestic abuse. It is unique in its approach, using a combination of psycho-education, trauma focused cognitive behaviour therapy and person–centred therapeutic principles. Currently open to females, aged 18+.
This shorter eight week programme, created by LWA with support from Sure Start professionals, uses a Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic approach. Its predominant focus is to promote personal growth and development when leaving an abusive relationship. This would include build on skills to strengthen and empower the individual, encouraging emotional strength and determination, awareness of costs and benefits of leaving versus remaining in a relationship, planning for the future and building confidence and self-esteem. This programme is for those who understand the abuse and want to focus on building life skills and tools to assist in dealing with and moving on from the abuse. Currently open to females, aged 18+. A programme for males, aged 18+, will be commencing in 2017 with dates to be confirmed.
(This is a new course, which will begin in April 2017) The Unbreakable programme, created by LWA, is a six week follow on course, designed to embed learning and development from the Unbroken programme. This course focuses on building confidence and self-esteem, and cements all prior learning and to ensure victims and survivors leave the programme ‘unbreakable’. This course would be beneficial for victims/survivors of sexual violence. It is open to anyone, however it would be useful for individuals to have completed the Freedom, Recovery Toolkit or Unbroken courses first. Currently open to females, aged 18+.
Lightbulb is a group programme aimed at women with children. The programme is run over two consecutive days and aims to increase an individual’s understanding around the impact that domestic abuse has on family dynamics; specifically focusing on the impact of the child or children. Upon completion of the programme our hope is that clients will go on to voluntarily engage further with our specialist domestic abuse services for on-going support. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the group facilitators prior to the sessions to discuss any particular needs, requirements or concerns. We aim to offer an informal, safe and non-judgmental environment to enable our clients to recognize the impact of domestic abuse within the home and family.
To refer please send a completed referral form and DASH risk assessment to email@example.com. Referrals received will be assessed by the group facilitators, and clients will be contacted in due course.
Male Victims Group
The male victims group is a specific programme tailored for males who have experienced or are experiencing abuse within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The program uses a Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic approach. Its predominant focus is to promote personal growth and development when leaving an abusive relationship. This would include build on skills to strengthen and empower the individual, encouraging emotional strength and determination, awareness of costs and benefits of leaving versus remaining in a relationship, planning for the future and building confidence and self-esteem. This programme is for those who understand the abuse and want to focus on building life skills and tools to assist in dealing with and moving on from the abuse. Currently open to males, aged 18+.
You and Me, Mum Group
This is a six week programme for mums, which focuses on how domestic abuse can affect mums and their children. It is about empowering, supporting and developing the role of mothers in addressing the needs of children and young people who have lived with domestic abuse. The programme offers the opportunity to safely explore the impact domestic abuse has on mum’s relationship with their children. Participants can self-refer. Anyone interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0116 270 6690.
The maximum number on each course is 20.
|Intense Two Day Unbroken AND Unbreakable|
Start: 19 - 20 August
|Male Domestic Abuse Awareness|
Start: 27 August
|You and Me, Mum Group|
Start: 5 September
Start: 20 September
|You and Me, Mum Group
Start: 7 September
Start: 10 September
|Freedom Rolling Programme |
|Freedom Rolling Programme|
Start: 12 September
Start: 13 September
Location: Market Harborough
Start: 10 September
Start: 6 September
Location: Hinckley & Bosworth
|Recovery Tool Kit|
Start: 10 September
Start: 10 September