Indigo is a community-based domestic abuse programme delivered by Salford Foundation and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, Reaching Communities.
The project provides support for women aged 18+ living in Salford who have experienced domestic abuse including victims and survivors, who are no longer in the relationship, and consider themselves safe.
The service is inclusive and open to all women, diverse communities and members of the LBTQ+ community.
Female survivors are supported throughout an 8 week awareness raising training programme delivered in a group. The Indigo team uses a trauma-informed approach to ensure a safe and nurturing environment. Additional 1-2-1 key working support is available, with referrals into other specialist services where required.
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 including:
- to identify what a healthy relationship looks like
- to understand and identify early markers in abusive relationships
- to develop resilience, confidence and self-worth
- and to identify and understand all the components necessary for the development of trauma bonding.
Additional peer to peer support is provided by women on the project and peer volunteers and mentors who have lived experience of domestic abuse.