We will provide a therapist/s who will work exclusively with mothers and daughters repairing fractured relationships caused by abuse. This will be an innovative project in which we will monitor and evaluate the work with a view to disseminating this approach and the learning across the VAWG sector.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 8 March 2022 to 12:00 PM, 22 March 2022
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1137319)
Prevalence studies evidence that between 20% to 30% of women experience domestic abuse during pregnancy, this abuse frequently escalates and perpetrators of abuse can cause huge deliberate harms to the Mother/Child relationship fracturing trust, preventing attachment/bonding and reducing a mothers ability to care and nurture her child. Control over pregnancy itself can be used as a form of coercive control causing lasting harm. Mothers are judged inadequate whilst children's needs are ignored.
Research supports that strong and supportive mother-child relationships are an important factor in helping mothers and children survive and recover from domestic abuse.The first attachment relationship provides a framework that influences subsequent relationships and early attachment bonds influence how individuals form relationships throughout our lives.We will provide space to heal broken bonds and repair relationships creating stronger safer families and ultimately more resilient communities.
‘My experience has helped me see I am not a failure, I am not weak, I have not reason to blame myself and I am a good person and a brilliant mother. I now look in my daily life differently and positively knowing I am not to blame and look forward to my future.’
‘It’s been extremely, helpful and has given me skills and knowledge that I can apply now and in the future to continue improving myself and my relationships with others’
‘I’ve learnt new information about perpetrator traits, how it’s affected myself and my child. Been able to talk about things that have caused me distress and anxiety.’
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