DASU deliver a wide range of therapeutic group programmes. We believe that by giving individuals knowledge we enable them to better understand and deal with their previous experiences. Participants are given practical strategies to help them thrive in their daily lives by developing resilience, increasing hope and enabling recovery.

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Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit Programme

The Recovery Toolkit Programme is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and aims to support participants to identify, challenge and change negative thinking patterns that develop over the course of living with or being in a relationship with an abusive person.

The Recovery Toolkit is designed to support participants to understand the impact of having experienced domestic abuse, and uses the individual’s own strengths, resources and coping skills and resilience to reinforce and contribute to their own health and wellness on a long-term basis. This course is designed to be strengths based and skills building.

Domestic Abuse Recovering Together (DART)

The DART Programme was developed by the NSPCC. It provides a safe space for children and mothers who have been victims of domestic abuse who no longer live with the perpetrator, to come together with people who have been through a similar experience to communicate and rebuild relationships. This service is recognised by the Home Office. The sessions are for mums and children ages 7-14 years old. They work as a whole team and in smaller groups and learn about domestic abuse, how it can happen, how it affects children and children also discuss how they feel about their experiences with domestic abuse.

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Own my life

Own my life is a 12-week course to help women who have been subjected to abuse to regain ownership of their lives. The course uses multimedia content to explain complex concepts about trauma and abuse and helps women regain ownership of their lives, mind, body, feelings, choices and relationships.   

Freedom Programme

The Freedom Programme provides a supportive, safe and friendly environment involving active participation in structured discussions about domestic abuse. The programme was designed by Pat Craven and each week focuses on the types of tactics that a perpetrator uses to gain power and control of the victim.

The Freedom Programme examines the roles played by attitudes and beliefs on the actions of abusive people and the responses of victims and survivors. The aim is to help people to make sense of and understand what has happened to them, instead of the whole experience just feeling like a horrible mess.

Peer Support / Social Groups

DASU hosts a number of weekly social, peer support groups for our clients including coffee mornings, Friendship Forum, Mutual Support Groups, Men’s Den and others.

Joining a group can help people who have experienced abuse to build new connections, develop confidence and learn from the experiences of others who have a similar experience in a caring, safe and supportive environment.

Break for Change  

Break4Change is designed for parents whose children are abusive, violent or who are using destructive behaviour (including self-destructive behaviour such as: violence towards parents, siblings or pets, school refusal, running away and self-harming). The programme is also for the children themselves and aims to address this behaviour and reduce the instances of abuse and violence by developing more effective relationships. 

 The programme consists of two groups running in parallel: one for parents/carers, and the other for young people. The group space provides a chance for parents and young people to explore new ideas and reassess the types of relationships they want with one another and enables a chance for them to explore new ways of relating to one another.  

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Recovery Toolkit

The ACEs toolkit is similar to the Recovery Toolkit, in that it is a trauma informed empowering and educational programme for individuals living with ACE’s. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful events occurring in childhood including:

  • domestic abuse and violence
  • parental abandonment through separation or divorce
  • a parent with a mental health condition
  • being the victim of abuse (physical, sexual and/or emotional)
  • being the victim of neglect (physical and emotional)
  • a member of the household being in prison
  • growing up in a household in which there are adults experiencing alcohol and drug use problems.

This course focuses on those with ACEs relating to Domestic Abuse. You will cover topic’s including understanding and living with ACE’s, understanding toxic stress and strategies to manage it, developing parental resilience, understanding attachment, managing emotions and a lot more.

Join a Group Programme

You can contact us at any of our sites 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday with out of hours support available through the
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0808 8010 800

If you are at immediate risk, please ring 999.