Freedom Programme

What is it?

The Freedom Programme is an adaptable, affordable and sustainable educational tool for identifying and understanding domestic abuse. 

The model itself is based on the Duluth model of Power and Control; it consists of 8 different persona types in a positive and negative form;

  • Bully / Friend
  • Jailer / Liberator
  • Headworker / Negotiator
  • Persuader / Negotiator
  • Liar / Truthteller
  • Badfather / Goodfather
  • King of the Castle / Partner
  • Sexual Controller / Lover

See the personas graphic Freedom Programme Personas

Each persona has its own set of tactics and beliefs; the model looks at society’s reinforcements of those beliefs, the beliefs that victims share with their perpetrator and the effects that has on victims, whether they are adults or children.

There is also a section specifically covering the Effects on the Children, who are often overseen as being victims themselves – sometimes the effects can be from conception onwards.

Essentially the Freedom Programme explains Human Behaviour – therefore it is applicable to us all, regardless of our age, gender, sexuality, disability, socio-economic status, race, faith or culture.

The Freedom Programme itself is written in the stereotypical form of adult male perpetrator and adult female victim, but that isn’t to suggest that the stereotype is the only form domestic abuse is present in – it’s just more prevalent in that format, globally.

For more information about the Freedom Programme see 

Freedom Programme – Living with the Dominator Home Study Workbook

The contents of
Living With A Dominator (the book that explains the Freedom Programme) are real experiences of victims and the actions of unnervingly honest perpetrators of domestic abuse, collated over many years.

The key difference in cases of domestic abuse, is that the perpetrators behaviours are motivated by their belief systems and their main aim is to gain power and control over another. This is more commonly identifiable in intimate relationships, but not solely.

These days there is a wider understanding that the dynamics to gain power and control, motivated by an individual’s belief systems are used in all relationships that aren’t healthy; such as in young children’s siblings or peer groups, in teen relationships, in lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender relationships as well as heterosexual. The common denominator here is people.

Who is the Freedom Programme for?

The Freedom Programme is for victims and survivors of domestic abuse, usually accessed via Freedom Programme Support Groups located nationally, or via Clare Walker Consultancy CIC’s new service, Freedom Programme Online.

The Freedom Programme is also available for professionals who are working directly with people, adults, children or families. Or if you are in a role where you are responsible for making decisions about people’s lives, then Clare Walker Consulting Ltd’s Freedom Programme Training for Professionals is highly recommended.


When and Where is training available?

If you would like to undertake the Freedom Programme professionals facilitator training yourself, see training page and forthcoming dates.

If you can’t see what you are looking for, please do get in touch to discuss booking a training for your agency in your location on a date that best suits your workforce needs and activities.

If you would like to undertake the Freedom Programme Domestic abuse training yourself see training page and forthcoming dates.


Where can I access a Freedom Programme support group local to me?

A lot of Freedom Programme support groups are delivered from agency venues especially where there is a hub of agencies working together. For obvious reasons the exact locations are not always advertised, but if you contact your local Domestic Abuse Co-Ordinator through your local Council, they should be able to point you in the right direction. Alternatively you can also search for Freedom Programme Support Groups local to you via the Freedom Programme website

Or, if you have safe access to a computer you may prefer to complete the online version – for women and for men. Or register for our new support service Freedom Programme Online

If you are at immediate risk call 999. For less urgent information you can call the Freedom Programme helpline (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) 01942 262 270 or Refuge 24 hour helpline 0808 2000 247.

If you would like to undertake the Freedom Programme Domestic abuse training yourself see the training page and forthcoming dates for more information.

For more information about the Freedom Programme see

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Leicester Freedom Programme Support Group

Clare Walker Consultancy CIC usually runs a support group in Leicester however it is currently cancelled due the the pandemic.