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Group work programmes

GDASS offers a number of group work programmes. All of the GDASS programmes are completely free of charge.




The Phoenix Programme

Length: 10 weeks

Who can attend: The Phoenix Programme is available to women only.

Referrals will only be considered from women who are no longer experiencing domestic abuse.

Course overview:

The programme asks participants to retrospectively explore their individual experiences of domestic abuse and their response to this.

The topics are covered:

  • The dynamics of abuse
  • Life without abuse
  • Knowing and recognising abuse
  • Working with the effects of abuse
  • Personal Power
  • Relating to others
  • Assertiveness
  • Moving on

The Phoenix Programme provides an understanding of domestic abuse and helps women to develop their abilities and increase their confidence and self awareness.




Breathe logoBreathe

Length: 12 weeks

Who can attend: Breathe is available to women only.
Referrals will be considered for women currently living with an abusive partner, and those who have left abusive partners.

Course overview:

Breathe stands for Boundaries, Respect, Empowerment, Awareness, Taking Control, Honouring Resistance and Education. The Unicorn symbolises, power, healing, wisdom and renewal and therefore symbolises the ethos of the programme.

Session 1. Introduction To The Programme, focusing on Safety Planning
Session 2. The Definition and Dynamics Of Domestic Abuse
Session 3 Child Contact Arrangements / Obtaining Protection Orders
Session 4 The Impact Of Domestic Abuse
Session 5 The Impact Of Domestic Abuse On Children
Session 6 Understanding Trauma
Session 7 Self Esteem
Session 8 Self Esteem Part 2
Session 9 Moving On (Managing Negative Emotions, Grief, Guilt, Shame, Fear, Anxiety, and Anger)
Session 10 Setting Boundaries
Session 11 Assertiveness
Session 12 Healthy Relationships Including The Warning Signs Of Abusive Behaviour.




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