About Us

Mums In Need - Confronting Coercive Control

Mums In Need (MIN) is a unique support service for mothers suffering ongoing coercive control after separation from an abusive partner. We are working to move away from stereotypes and misconceptions around what a victim looks like and raise awareness about coercive control's multifaceted reality.

Domestic abuse is always underpinned by intimate terrorism, the emotional and psychological elements of coercive control which shatter lives. Violence is just one piece of the jigsaw that makes up a complex pattern of abuse; it is the iceberg's visible tip. Mums In Need recognises that what happens beyond physical violence is largely unseen by other services, with many victims falling through the cracks.

Many organisations help support escape from domestic abuse, but escape is not the end of the story. An escalation in relentless emotional and psychological abuse is common post-separation and is often sustained through shared care with children. Many mothers are left struggling to find the understanding and resources to cope with ongoing, often invisible abuse. This can be a lonely and desperate situation that impacts work-life, other relationships, motherhood and physical/mental health.

Our team offers a tailored service to individual women, providing them with a community of fellow survivors, experienced professionals and the support to rebuild their lives. Mums In Need started with our CEOs laptop, and since 2014 we have supported over two hundred and fifty women.

We aim to empower our mums (Mins) with the skills and confidence to move forward with their lives. To do this we offer a wide range of services that focus on practical help but also enhances emotional and personal wellbeing.

These can include:

  • Support and advice via 1:1 caseworker sessions.

  • Practical support via peer support groups.

  • Coffee mornings.

  • Signposting.

  • Financial support via workshops.

  • Legal support and education

  • Counselling services.

  • Emotional wellbeing sessions.

  • Weekly fitness sessions.

  • Yoga sessions.

  • Weekly gardening sessions.

  • Holistic therapeutic sessions.

  • (Ad- hoc) days out to be enjoyed with children.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we take a hybrid approach when hosting support sessions, so they are both online and face to face.