Welcome to The Freedom Programme Website

What is the Freedom Programme?

The Freedom Programme is a domestic violence programme which was created by Pat Craven who holds the copyright (all rights reserved) and evolved from her work with perpetrators of domestic violence. We provide information, not therapy.

The Programme was primarily designed for women as victims of domestic violence, since research shows that in the vast majority of cases of serious abuse are male on female. However, the programme, when provided as an intensive two day course, is also suitable for men, whether abusive and wishing to change their attitudes and behaviour or whether victims of domestic abuse themselves.

The Freedom Programme examines the roles played by attitudes and beliefs on the actions of abusive men 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.

Important Numbers and Links

24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline   0808 2000 247
24 hour Freedom Programme and IDAC Team helpline 01942 262 270
Women's Aid Survivors Forum Click here
Contact our helpdesk: fpcharity@aol.co.uk
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Freedom Programme Online Course

Online Course

The Freedom Programme is now available as an online course.

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Search for a Freedom programme near you

Freedom Programme

Search for a Freedom Programme near you

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Buy Living with the Dominator or Freedom Programme Home Study Course


Take a look at our books, including "Living with the Dominator"

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Book Freedom Programme Training


We offer CPD Certificated training for Freedom Programme Facilitators

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View or download the Dominator and Mr Right Graphic


The Dominator Graphic - Mr Good and Mr Bad - is available in any language

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Mens course

Men's Programme

Workshop for men who want to become nicer men

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Lawyers trained by Pat Craven


Lawyers around the UK who have been trained by Pat Craven

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watch the video

Rules of the Game

Pat Craven examines the Dominator's tactics - the "Rules of the Game"

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Read Pat Craven's Blog


Pat Craven's Blog - latest news and developments

Read Pat's Blog

Evaluations of the Freedom Programme


Evaluations from people who have attended the Freedom Programme

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Male Survivors

Male Survivors

Workshop for men who have been abused by other men

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Make a Payment


Make a secure online payment to the Freedom Programme

View items for sale

Items for Sale

The Freedom programme runs a helpine and helpdesk staffed by volunteers. We need to raise funds to help keep this service free.

Please note, these items can only be posted to addresses in the UK

Mr Right/Mr Wrong Fridge Magnets

Mr Right/Mr Wrong Cards

Freedom Programme T Shirt
  • Any woman should be able to phone the contact numbers on my website and be told where and when the next session is taking place and whether crèche facilities are available. I do not endorse intrusive questions, referrals or risk assessments.
  • Women must be actively welcomed to the programme.
  • We never give advice or tell any woman that she should leave. If it were so easy we would have all left.
  • Judgemental statements such as ‘I would never let anyone do that to me’ or ‘this has never happened to me’ are not acceptable.
  • Facilitators refer to all women as ‘us’ and never use the dreaded words ‘These Women.’
  • These programmes are only for the women who attend them. I do not endorse the presence of observers.
  • Ideally, every woman who attends should be given a copy of the book ‘Living with the Dominator’ and the supplement ‘The Freedom Programme Home Study Course’ as soon as she arrives. This will enhance her learning. Clearly she will know if it is safe to take these publications home or to leave them in a folder with the facilitator.
  • This programme lasts for 12 x 90 minute sessions. It is a rolling programme, so women who attend can miss a session and do it later when they are ready. Some women can take years to complete it.
  • Session 4 is about the ‘Effects of Domestic Abuse on Children’. It is repeated in session 8. Facilitators who only want to run this once can shorten the programme to 11 weeks.

Mr Right and Mr Wrong: An Overview