HSES Annual Reports

Research Supporting the HSES Reflective Domestic Abuse Course Approach

Research from the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the School for Policy Studies has confirmed the effectiveness of training programmes which teach women about domestic violence and empowers them to make positive choices about their lives.

Conducted by Dr Emma Williamson and Dr Hilary Abrahams, the study evaluated the Freedom Programme which has been rolled out in many areas of the UK  and is provided by licensed and trained practitioners in different locations. Home-Start East Sussex deliver courses based on the Freedom Programme approach in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.   This study, funded by Barnardo’s, was commissioned on behalf of the Bristol Freedom Network to evaluate the Freedom Programme run in Bristol.

Overall, this evaluation shows that the Freedom approach has a positive impact on the lives of the women who participate and as such provides a service to assist women to move on from abusive relationships and to be aware of potential abuse within future relationships.


Thank you for your continued support. E has found the support from your volunteer invaluable as she has come to terms with being a single mother of twins.

Family Outreach Service

Skip to content