We have a town centre office open daily; Here we are able provide one to one and group sessions, in a range of languages common to Luton, offering advice and guidance, advocacy and support on problems that you may be experiencing due to the impact of domestic abuse such as;
- Legal (child contact issues and immigration)
- Parenting support
- Recovery Tool Kit (please see information below)
- Work with Children – “Helping Hands”
- Signposting to other support services such as Drug and Alcohol Services and counselling
Recovery Tool Kit Group
Open to anyone who has experienced domestic abuse and is not currently living with the perpetrator.
The programme runs for 12 weeks and each session is 2 hours long.
The programme is designed to assist individuals to looking at ways to develop positive lifestyle coping strategies. Living with domestic abuse forces individuals to develop coping strategies that keep them and their family safe within the context of unequal power divides and extremely controlling behaviour by the perpetrator.
Those that have experienced and lived with domestic abuse have said
“The hardest part to recover from is the psychological distress caused by such abuse”
Psychological distress affects how a person perceives themselves (self-esteem, self-image);
- how they interact with others (passively or angrily);
- how they cope with the emotional pain (depression, anxiety, alcohol or drug use);
- how they use their parenting skills.
It can also leave confusion about issues of trust, boundaries and respectful relationships (both with adults and children). Any individual experiencing the isolation, exhaustion, humiliation, degradation and threats that are part of the abusive behaviour would encounter these difficulties.
The aims of the group are not to hold the participants responsible for what happened to them, nor to blame them for those actions or decisions taken at the time of the abuse that may in retrospect be found not to be safe, but to recognise the tremendous effort they have made in keeping themselves and their families as safe as possible, while helping to acknowledge that coping strategies used under duress may not be helpful in them recovery and development of a new life free of abuse.
Here is some feedback we received from clients who recently completed the programme:
“I am able to express my opinions confidently “
“I have learnt to put my boundaries in place and to respect myself “
“ I have gone from somebody who was depressed and didn’t think life was worth living to believing in myself and living the life I want.”
Please call 01582 391856 for further information or to make an appointment.
We hold a legal surgery every second Friday of the month.
If you have any issues you’d like to discuss, please call: 01582 391856