• Pattern Changing Programme for female survivors. Self-esteem confidence, assertiveness and moving on course. (Not for women still in a relationship with perpetrator)

Topics covered include:

  • Your rights
  • Exploring relationships with children
  • Dealing with grief, guilt and anger
  • Assertiveness
  • Developing healthy boundaries in relationships
  • Healthy relationships
  • Action plans for the future


  • Weekly home visiting parent volunteer support in Refuge or leaving Refuge or after leaving a relationship. Can provide emotional support, practical help, parenting support and advocacy


  • Helping Hands programme for 7 to 11 year olds for children who have been victims of domestic abuse or generic domestic abuse prevention.

Helping Hands helps children learn that everyone has the right to feel safe, to identify adults they can trust, gain confidence and self-esteem and learn healthy strategies for dealing with conflict.

The course runs for one hour a week over six weeks and is delivered through a variety of activities, games and a workbook.

The objectives of the course are to

  • Develop children’s levels of self esteem and confidence
  • Enable children to explore and express feelings
  • Inform children of the right to feel safe at all times
  • Increase children’s ability in safety planning
  • Empower children to identify their own personal support network
  • Explore how choice of behaviour can affect the feelings of others
  • Identify healthy ways to manage conflict

Geographical area service covers

Central Bedfordshire

Who is the service for?

Women and children

Referral routes into service (professionals, self)

Professionals or self

Risk level you support

No longer with perpetrator

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