Services

What we offer:

  • Raising awareness of the nature and impacts of domestic abuse, and of the needs of survivors and their families
  • Community-based recovery and empowerment programmes for women with experience of domestic abuse
  • A therapeutic and welcoming space for survivors to meet and support one another
  •  1-to-1 advice and counselling
  • Bespoke training and consultation, based on survivor insights, to professionals and organisations

The Freedom Programme

What is the Freedom Programme and who is it for?

The Freedom Programme was designed by Pat Craven and is a free awareness-raising programme about domestic abuse.  The programme is based on her extensive work with the perpetrators of domestic abuse and her resulting understanding of how perpetrators use abusive tactics to coerce and control their victim. It is this knowledge that informs throughout the course and it's how the Freedom Programme facilitates learning.

  • This means women can make sense of what has happened / is happening to them and find ways to begin to recover from abuse.
  • It is a 12-week programme, which runs for two hours each week and provides information, not therapy.
  • The programme has been designed to help any woman who is, or has been a victim of domestic abuse through a process of talking and supporting each other in a small group.

The aims of the Freedom Programme are to:

  • Inform women so that they are able to recognise and identify abusive behaviours and the beliefs held by abusive partners
  • Demonstrate how the range of tactics used by an abusive partner can cause them to remain in an abusive relationship
  • Show how domestic abuse affects children and explore the impact on the family as a whole
  • Empower women to gain the self-esteem and confidence to safely make changes that improve the quality of their lives and those of their children
  • Enable women to recognise future abusers and know what a healthy relationship looks like

The Freedom Programme is run by VOICES, a survivor-led charity based in Bath. The programme is delivered by trained facilitators with experience of supporting women affected by domestic abuse.  Facilitators work in dialogue with women attending to explore the nature and experience of domestic abuse.

The programme is free of charge for those attending and is delivered in a friendly, safe and inviting space.  Refreshments and travel / childcare expenses are provided.

Referral

You can download a Referral form and  either post it or email to us.

If you don't have access to a printer, you can contact us and request a copy is sent to you.

Recovery Toolkit

The Recovery Toolkit is a 12 week programme for women who have experienced domestic abuse. It is a closed group programme and therefore participants are expected to attend sessions every week. The programme is based on a psycho educational model which aims to provide women who have experienced domestic abuse with the resources to maximise their own potential. Women who attend the group will have already left their abusive relationship. The course is supported by funding from Avon & Somerset’s Commissioner’s Community Action Fund.

To make referrals or self-refer to this programme, please contact info@ voicescharity.org.

MATES Social Group

Meeting And Talking Empowering Survivors

Support group sessions delivered by female survivors of Domestic Abuse, for women who have experienced Domestic Abuse.

 What is MATES?

MATES is a social group for women who have left abusive relationships to meet on a weekly basis. The group is run by survivors and offers the chance to socialise, inform, encourage and support one another.  We have plenty of refreshments and a relaxed atmosphere as well as regular opportunities to try new creative arts and  receive specialist advice and information. MATES is free to attend, and travel and childcare costs will be reimbursed.

MATES is free to attend, and travel and childcare costs will be reimbursed.

  • When: Tuesdays – school term time only
  • Where: Bath —address available upon request
  • Times: 10am-12pm

To find out more please contact us:
E: info@voicescharity.org
T: 01225 420249 / 07523 506239

Referral

You can download a Referral form and  either post it or email to us.

If you don't have access to a printer, you can contact us and request a copy is sent to you.

SEEDS Bath

SEEDS (Survivors Empowering and Educating Domestic Abuse Services) is a group facilitated by VOICES and free to join and volunteer with. Survivors meet monthly and work together to have their voices heard together by those planning for and providing domestic abuse services.

SEEDS Bath is part of a wider SEEDS movement of voluntary groups.

The network is involved in awareness raising and campaigning on the issues affecting survivors and victims of domestic abuse.  Involvement in SEEDS also provides opportunities to gain individual training and new skills as a volunteer. You can get involved to fundraise, organise bake sales, even do a parachute jump or sponsored marathon!

Women can apply to join through VOICES, which funds and facilitates the group. Travel and childcare costs for participants are reimbursed. If you would like to volunteer in your local community and liaise with local and national services to improve the support available to survivors, or help out with organisation and admin, VOICES would be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact us:
E: info@voicescharity.org
T: 01225 420249 / 07523 506239

Referral

You can download a Referral form and  either post it or email to us.

If you don't have access to a printer, you can contact us and request a copy is sent to you.

Referrals

You can download a Referral Form and  either post it or email to us.

If you don't have access to a printer, you can contact us and request a copy is sent to you.

Training and Consultation

VOICES offer bespoke training to professionals based on survivor insights and experience. We have provided training sessions for police and probation services and for counsellors and psychotherapists working in NHS-funded and private practice. Please contact us for more details of the tailored services we can offer.

VOICES also consult with other agencies and services to improve the provision of support to those with experience of domestic abuse. This includes the IVASP (Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Strategic Partnership) board in Bath & Northeast Somerset and the IRIS (Identification and Referral to Improve Safety) Steering Group, which coordinates the specialist domestic abuse training for GPs and those working in primary care. VOICES members also consult with the national training charity Safelives, as members of their Family, Friends and Survivors group.

We have contributed survivor insights from focus groups to university undergraduate teaching on domestic abuse for social work students.