The I.C.E Programme is a 10 week programme that is structured in the following way:
- Initial Assessment
- 6 Group Sessions
- Telephone Consultation
- Final Assessment
Each groups session is split into three parts:
PART ONE: INDEPENDENCE- DOMESTIC ABUSE
This part explores what domestic abuse is; tactics used by perpetrators, the role of power and control, and how it affects our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The aim is to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse, stay safe, and break the pattern of engaging in abusive relationships.
PART TWO: CREATIVITY- CULTURAL STUDIES
This part examines the roles of attitudes and beliefs about the actions of abusive men, and the responses and expectation of women. The aim is to recognise how domestic abuse is normalised by culture, and accepted in society, and learn to challenge abusive ideologies and behaviour.
PART THREE: EMPOWERMENT- COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY
This part discusses the impact of our experiences and interactions on our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The aim is to help women understand how the events and relationships that they have encountered has shaped their identity, and determined their behavioural patterns; so that they can identify negative thoughts, and learn strategies to manage and control their emotional well-being.
The theme of the last group session is the ‘Effects on children,’ which explores how domestic abuse, culture and mental health difficulties can influence and control the life chances and choices of a child, and enable the cycle of abuse to continue.