We get lots of people self-referring into SATEDA. We also get referrals from partner agencies and other professionals in the area. We encourage professionals to assist their clients to self-refer, however if we receive a referral from a professional, we will make contact with you and discuss how you would like to access our support. You are in control of your support from SATEDA.
If you choose this stage of support, we will assign you a worker who you will either meet with in person, or talk to over the phone. Your support worker will provide advice, advocacy and emotional support to help you on your journey towards freedom. Whether that is helping you with a housing issue, finance or legal proceedings, their job is to support you to stay safe in the relationship and to safely leave it if that’s what you choose to do.
We can support you to apply for a protective order through the civil courts. One of our trained Mackenzie friends can write your statement, help you to submit this to court, and come with you to your hearings. We can also support you through child arrangement proceedings
If you would like some help and support to process the emotional and mental impact of abuse (whether past or present) then we can provide a free one to one counseling by a trained counsellor.
The Freedom Programme is a 12 week programme, designed by Pat Craven and delivered to strict specifications nationally. The programme offers an insight into the tactics of an abuser, allowing women attending to recognise abusive behaviours in future relationships. The group setting also allows the women to make new friends and in time they are able to offer one another support with their journey to freedom from abuse.
Thanks to the Big Lottery, we are pleased to be delivering the Freedom Programme across the whole of Swale. We will need to meet with prospective attendees before they are able to join the programme and locations are kept secret to ensure security for those attending.
If you would like to attend a programme, contact us or come to a one stop shop, or a drop in session.
We then offer a 12 week course of Own My Life which uses a variety of media to explain complex concepts about trauma and abuse, as well as how popular culture reinforces sexism, rape culture, violence, misogyny, disrespect in relationships and abusive behaviour.
The Power to Change programme is a follow on from the Freedom Programme. Run specifically for survivors of domestic abuse, it aims to boost self esteem and confidence is based on the belief that women working together in a safe, friendly and non-judgemental environment can change their lives for the better. This programme involves a weekly 2-hour session over a period of 14 weeks. It involves guest speakers and community projects organised by the participants. The programme is self-led by previous participants and evolves with the needs of each group
The Employability Programme invites survivors to undertake a volunteer role within SATEDA, along side a programme of training and support. All of this aims to give people confidence, self esteem and work-place skills in order to get employment (whether with SATEDA or elsewhere) as part of living a full life after abuse.