The Indigo Project is a domestic abuse programme running from Foundation House in Salford. Service users are supported throughout an 8 week programme using a trauma informed approach to ensure a safe and nurturing environment. Additional 1-2-1 support is available, with referrals into other specialist services where required.
The project provides support for women who have experienced domestic abuse, who are no longer in the relationship, and consider themselves safe.
Women accessing the programme are supported to develop insight and understanding into their own experiences of domestic abuse, with emphasis on the complex mechanics involved in emotional and psychological abuse, manipulation, coercion and controlling behaviour. Through group discussion, participants go through a process of validation by sharing their own personal experiences in a supportive and non-judgemental setting. Objectives of the sessions are to challenge the false beliefs held by perpetrators; for participants to identify what a healthy relationship looks like; to understand and identify early markers in abusive relationships; develop resilience, confidence and self-worth; and to identify and understand all the components necessary for the development of trauma bonding.