Female Awareness and Domestic Abuse (FADA) is a one-to-one programme devised for women who are abusive or violent in the domestic setting. FADA is a holistic programme, designed in response to existing research, victims of domestic abuse and cross-violence, and can be used for all women who have committed offences related to violence and aggression.
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The FADA programme uses a trauma-informed approach and incorporates attachment styles and mental health using cognitive behavioural therapy with a psychodynamic element. Child safeguarding is also prioritised in the programme to ensure safety of the wider family.
There are approximately 8-12 sessions which is dependent on the need of the service users so there is flexibility tailored to the individual.
Depending on the needs of the individual, the programme modules and their aims are:
- Core module (All participants must complete)
- To see the link between the past and present behaviour
- To look at the connection between feelings, thoughts and behaviours
- To examine natural in-built strategies for dealing with negative emotions
- To build up a toolkit of strategies for change
- Emotional abuse
- To help her to recognise that she is using unhealthy strategies to hurt and harm
- To think about the effects of our actions on others
- To identify some of the beliefs underpinning some of our actions
- To look at how children can be affected by arguments
- To produce healthier strategies for dealing with difficult situations
- To learn how to negotiate needs in a way that is enabling
- Anger management
- To examine the signs of anger arousal
- To explore ways of reducing tension
- To enable the participant to understand the differences between assertive behaviour, passive and aggressive behaviour
- To enable the participant to see the connection between avoiding dealing with hurt and anger and future aggression
- To teach strategies for assertive behaviour.
- Coercive control
- To explore the aspects of a good relationship
- To consider the strengths and weakness of her current relationship
- To identify areas she could improve
- To note who has had, or still has, power over us and how that feels
- To identify individual misuse of power
- To examine gender stereotypes and how they influence our beliefs and actions.
- Substance misuse (alcohol)
- To increase knowledge and awareness of the damage that alcohol can do
- To teach tips on how to cut down and keep safe
- Child safeguarding
- To enable the participant to identify her parenting skills
- To consider and examine the overall needs of children
- To recognise the effects of parental violence on children
- To identify what she could do differently to meet her children’s needs
For further details on the FADA programme, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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