The Freedom Programme

The Freedom Programme

We currently run two online Group Support Programmes.  The Freedom Programme is designed for women who have experienced domestic abuse or may still be living with an abuser.  The Recovery Programme is for women who have left an abusive relationship.  You will find information about both programmes below.

To learn more, please contact the Refuge on 0818 42 42 44 or one of our experienced Domestic Abuse Outreach Workers –

If living in Kilkenny, contact Sarah  085 853 3872

If living in Carlow, contact Bébhinn 085 862 3627

We can have a chat and you can ask any questions you might have. 

What is the Freedom Programme?

The Freedom Programme is a weekly support group for women that have experienced domestic abuse or may still be living with an abuser. It is a safe and confidential place for women to meet other women that have been or are in similar situations to each other. It is a very powerful group experience and can change the way you feel about the abuse you have experienced, giving you the insight to stop blaming yourself and concentrate on regaining your confidence and your life back. 

The Programme is free, confidential, safe & non-judgemental.  It is currently being run online to great success with many participants enjoying the flexibility that meeting online gives them.  We have helpful guidelines to ensure participants are safe and secure while meeting online and you can access meetings on any phone or device.  We can arrange a secure location for you to log in to meetings if you need one and can loan you a device (tablet) if required.   

The Freedom Programme looks at the way that abusive men behave and what they believe about the roles of men and women in society.

The aim of the programme is:

These sessions look at:

What kind of women will I meet at the group?

How do I know if it is confidential?

What will happen in the group?

Am I expected to attend every week?

The Recovery Programme 

The Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit Programme is a 12 week online Group Support Programme for women who have, in the past, experienced Domestic Abuse and who have left the abusive relationship.  It is a closed group programme meaning participants attend all 12 weeks – starting and ending the group together as a shared journey.  Each weekly online session is 2 hours long.

The programme aims to give you the tools to maximise your own wellbeing, potential and healing after abuse.  The Recovery Toolkit aims to empower you to regain your sense of self and identity.  We explore ways to heal from the impact of living with abuse and identify goals for the future.  To ensure the programmes is suitable for you, we undertake an initial assessment with each woman.

Using group exercises to promote positivity, relaxation and calm anxiety, the Programme is designed to

The course is delivered by accredited Recovery Toolkit trainers.  Self-referrals and agency referrals are accepted.  It is recommended, but not essential, that participants attend the Freedom Programme before the Recovery Toolkit.