This project supports youth victims of Domestic Abuse through a 12 week programme. TOKKO’s Youth Freedom Programme examines the roles played by attitudes and beliefs on the actions of abusive partners and the responses of victims and survivors. The aim is to help them to make sense of and understand what has happened to them, instead of the whole experience just feeling like a horrible mess. The Freedom Programme also describes in detail how children are affected by being exposed to this kind of abuse and very importantly how their lives are improved when the abuse is removed. Young people can be professionally referred or self-refer on to the programme.
Young People (13-24) who have / are experiencing domestic abuse
Weekly programme for 12 weeks. Date & time TBC
Key partners / funders
Victims Comissioning Fund
Nikki Bennett – Youth Worker/ Young Mum’s Support Worker.
Project Case Study 1
Client A had been referred on to 4 separate Freedom Programmes and did not engage with any of them until joining TOKKOs Freedom Programme.
She went through several years of abuse at the hand of her ex-partner and continuously kept going between the perpetrator and refuges around the country until the final assault when she finally had the strength to leave and get the Police involved and agree to go on to the Freedom programme at TOKKO.
Whilst on the course she gained confidence weekly and raised her self-esteem leading to enhancing her self-worth. Her new confidence enabled her to go to court as the victim in a trial which concluded with a sentence for the perpetrator. The Freedom Programme provided her the tools to recognise that the abuse that was inflicted on her wasn’t her fault and that she can move on.
She benefitted from ‘hearing other people’s views and different experiences’ and now strongly agrees that she can recognise and identify abusive behaviour which now means that she feels more able to protect herself and her child.
She is now hopeful for the future and feels that she has changed for the better by completing the programme. She agrees that there is still a way to go but the Freedom Programme was the initial step for her journey to freedom.