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Gateway programme

Promoting recovery and awareness among victims of domestic abuse

The Gateway Programme is built on the principle of respect and empowerment while raising awareness of the impact and dynamics of controlling relationships. It’s an accredited and evidence-based programme. We adapted it to Polish in close cooperation with Tools4Change, the authors of the programme and delivered it to groups and individuals since 2015.


To raise awareness within an accredited risk-managed programme, encouraging safer and informed choices for the future


  • Create a safe space for mutual support.

  • Promote an active understanding of the dynamics of controlling relationships.

  • Increase understanding of where the responsibility for abusive behaviour lies.

  • Reduce isolation, self-blame, denial and minimisation.

  • Raise awareness via person-centred active experiential methods, respecting the privacy of personal experiences.

  • Consider attitudes and beliefs that support abusive behaviour.

  • Improve safety planning strategies.

  • Increase understanding of the impact of domestic abuse on parenting skills and children’s lives.

  • Consider potential early warning signs in new relationships.

  • Identify support mechanisms through formal and informal provision.


group course - 6 weeks - 2-hour sessions

one-to-one - 5 weeks - 1,5 hour sessions

Courses are delivered online via Zoom by experienced and qualified Polish-speaking practitioners.


Find out more about the course and book a place for your client!

Our services for victims of domestic violence are delivered by experienced Polish-speaking practitioners specialising in assisting Polish victims of domestic abuse at all risk levels in crisis situations and in long-term recovery. They are qualified Independent Domestic Violence Advisors. They have supported Polish people who have experienced abuse in the UK for the past ten years in various roles, including specialist support worker, domestic violence helpline manager, housing officer, support group facilitator, and recovery programme facilitator.

“I feel more confident now. I know that I will manage on my own if I leave my partner.

I will try to have a “healthy” family. I will never give up. I am my own person.”

“I understand now that I am not the only one in this situation. I understand my strengths better and I know how to protect myself and my children”

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