Abuse and Trauma

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Abuse and Trauma 2018-05-15T23:54:01+00:00

We provide a number of services for clients who are victims of abuse or who have experienced trauma that affects how they live their lives:

Onyx – Beyond Trauma Group Programme

Beyond Trauma is a structured group programme where women who have experienced domestic abuse or other trauma can explore and make sense of their experiences and increase their control over their own lives.

The 11 week programme has three primary focus areas:

  • Understanding the dynamics of violence, abuse and trauma
  • Understanding the impact of trauma on women’s lives
  • Learning how to live with and to heal from trauma

Beyond Trauma promotes a strength-based approach that seeks to empower women and increase their sense of self.

Beyond Anger Group Programme

Research shows that many women have spent years focusing their anger inwards or outwards. These established patterns can result in damaging and unpleasant consequences for women, their families and communities.

Beyond Anger is a 21 week programme which explains and explores anger and violence in different areas of our lives. It focuses on our strengths and how women can express their emotions and make positive changes to their lives.

Topics covered include:

  • Women and anger
  • Gender differences
  • Multiple levels of violence
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study
  • Anger, family-of-origin, and community
  • Trauma and anger
  • Skills for regulating anger


We provide one to one counselling for a small number of clients who require intensive support to understand, address and move on from trauma. The counselling provided is bespoke per client, and support periods are flexible and intensive where required.

Our counsellors work with us as volunteers, often undertaking placements with us whilst completing their training, most typically Masters degrees.

Generally we don’t accept referrals from women who require counselling but no other Stepping Stones services. In these instances we would recommend that your GP should be the first point of call. Instead our counselling forms part of a wider service offer, with counselling often accessed after Beyond Anger and Trauma.

Freedom Programme

The Freedom Programme is an 11 week rolling group programme delivered throughout the year from our Luton town centre office. This means you can join at any point in the programme. It can also be delivered on a one to one basis where the timing/format of the group makes it difficult for clients to attend.

The Freedom Programme examines the impact of attitudes and beliefs on the actions of perpetrators and the responses of victims and survivors. It aims to help women make sense of and understand what has happened to them and to have an awareness of the warning signs/ tactics of the perpetrator. The Freedom Programme also describes in detail how children are affected by being exposed to this kind of abuse and very importantly how their lives are improved when the abuse is removed.

The programme is suitable for women that acknowledge they are in an abusive relationship, as well as those where a woman wants to think about their relationship or where the client has perpetrated domestic abuse.

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