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Free to be Me

Family violence or abuse can take many forms and affects everyone in different ways. Healing from family violence is a process that leads to a brighter future.

If you have experienced family violence, including verbal, financial or emotional abuse , our Free To Be Me programme will give you the support and confidence you need to feel safe again, whether you are still in the relationship or have moved on. We offer programmes for children of various ages and for adults. This allows us to provide tools and information in a way that’s right for you.

Through-out the eight week programme you’ll cover a range of topics, including:

  • the types and effects of abuse
  • power and control dynamics
  • safety planning
  • communication skills and problem solving
  • how to enhance safe
  • possible pitfalls to be aware of
  • building self esteem and moving forward in a positive way.

Free To Be Me for adults

You can complete the Free To Be Me adult programme either as an individual or in a group setting. It depends on what’s right for you. If you have a protection order, we can offer up to 16 sessions at no cost to you. If you don’t have a protection order then the programme is usually completed over 10 to 12 sessions, eight of which are in a group setting.

Free To Be Me for children

The Free To Be Me children’s programme has been specifically designed for children who have witnessed family violence. The sessions focus on keeping safe, learning about feelings and helping kids find healthy ways to express themselves.

The programme runs every school term – one session a week for 10 weeks. This includes two individual sessions, followed by eight group sessions. In order to cater to the developmental stage of your child, we run groups in age ranges of 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, or sibling groups.

Kid’s carers programme

The Kid’s Carer’s programme is offers to the adult caregiver/s of the children who attend out Free To Be Me children’s programme. The sessions cover the material taught to your children so you can support them with their learning and make positive changes as a family.

Available in…

Free To Be Me a free course currently available in Whanganui. If you are looking for a similar service in another region please contact us to discuss your needs.

Wednesdays, 13 February – 3 April 2019, 9:30 – 11:30 am (for 5-7 year olds)
Wednesdays, 13 February – 3 April 2019, 3:00 – 5:00 pm (for 11-13 year olds)
Thursdays, 14 February – 4 April, 9:30 – 11:30 am (for cares/parents/guardians)
Fridays, 15 February – 5 April, 9:30 – 11:30 am (for woman)

Please note: all courses are subject to change.

For more information about Free to be Me programmes near you, or to register, call us on 0800 FAM WORKS or email

Support us…

Free to be Me is only made possible thanks to the support and generosity of our community, the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Justice. Click here to make a donation to Family Works or call 0508 TO HELP (that’s 0508 86 4357).