The Recovery Programme

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The Recovery Programme provides a safe setting for women who have been affected by domestic abuse. Women who have experienced and lived with domestic abuse frequently tell support agencies that the hardest part of recovery is to deal with the psychological distress caused by such abuse.


Living with domestic abuse forces many women to develop unhealthy coping strategies that keep them and their family safe within the context of unequal power divides and extremely controlling behavior by the perpetrator.


The programme is aimed at giving individuals the knowledge to better understand and deal with their previous experiences. The individuals own strengths and coping skills are then reinforced, contributing to their own health, safety and well-being for the future.


The psychological distress caused by domestic abuse can affect how a woman perceives herself. Self esteem, self image and how she interacts with others passively or angrily and how she copes with the emotional pain (depression, anxiety, alcohol or drug use) and how she uses her parenting skills. It can also leave her confused about issues of trust, boundaries and respectful relationships (both with adults and children).


Any individual experiencing isolation, exhaustion, humiliation, degradation and threats that are part of abusive behavior would encounter these difficulties. The aim of the group is not to hold the woman responsible for what happened to her or to blame her for her actions or decisions taken at the time of the abuse which retrospectively may not have been safe. Rather the purpose of the group is to recognize the tremendous effort the woman has made in keeping her and her family as safe as possible, while helping her to acknowledge the coping strategies she used under duress, may not be helpful in her recovery and development of a new life free from abuse.


Sessions include

  • what is abuse
  • introduction to self-esteem
  • coping and the consequences on our psychological well-being
  • the effects of abuse on children and on parenting skills
  • self-esteem and positive affirmations
  • the power of self-talk, anger
  • conflict and assertiveness
  • boundaries and trust
  • making mistakes
  • setting goals and unhealthy/healthy relationships.


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Proud women completing the recovery programme

We deliver a 10 week course which is facilitated by experienced domestic abuse practitioners. Our courses run throughout the year.

The overwhelming feedback from women indicates that the course has given them the ability and knowledge to recognise the impact that domestic abuse has had on their behaviour and their negative thought patterns. The course enables them to recognise the traits of an abuser and to reduce further risk.

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