Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some answers to questions we are frequently asked. Don't worry if your question is not answered below, you can simply go to the contact page and send us your question.
Don't forget, there is no such thing as a stupid question.
Isn't this the same as The Freedom Programme?
The 'Mind the Gap' course is complementary to the Freedom Programme as it adds on to the excellent foundations created by that readily available course through refuges nationally. The 'Mind the Gap' course continues the work started on the Freedom Programme, which focuses on the perpetrator and how to deal with them, whereas Mind the Gap focuses on the participants and helps them to become more confident in themselves and move forward in their life to reduce the likelihood of repeating behaviours that could lead them to return either to an abusive relationship or being unable to become independent.
What areas of the UK do you cover?
In terms of courses, we currently cover the Isle of Wight. However, we may look to expand this coverage further afield in the near future, but we can offer support via electronic means to virtually anywhere.
How does this save costs?
In terms of local authority or charitable costs, the possibility that people may need to go through the system more than once adds considerable cost in real terms to the providers of help and support. The 'Mind the Gap' course is aimed at building the independence of individual such that they are able to move forward in their lives and not repeat behaviours which could draw them into abusive relationships and the whole cycle starts again. Thus helping people only once must cost far less than helping them repeatedly.
Is this course only for women?
The 'Mind the Gap' course is not gender specific and is relevant to anybody who has been through an abusive relationship. However, we would not generally mix genders of participants on a course as this may cause discomfort and impair the ability of participants to fully engage with the course. However, we have two trainers, one male and one female, and if anyone is unhappy with one or other of them being in the room, they will happily leave and not take offence.
How many participants are there on a course?
Ideally, we have found that no more than ten people on a given course is optimal and equally fewer than six is not viable. Having fewer participants reduced the synergy and energy of the course and having too many makes the course feel less personal.
Is there any post course support?
Currently, we offer support via electronic means, e.g. email, Skype etc., for group or individual sessions. We have found that participants develop their own support groups that carry on long after the course has finished.