Min (Our mother's) Stories

Mums In Need is on one mission: confront coercive control. We have helped hundreds of women to rebuild their lives, having left their abusive partners. Don't just take our word for it - here are some stories of people we have supported! 

(The women's names have been changed to protect their identities)

Becky, 38

"You made me, me again. I will forever and I mean forever be in your debt. You have no idea what you did for me. The weekly calls, the legal support - you even sorted my divorce and funded it! Oh my god, you set me free! Free from a life of hell. You did all that! Your team, your charity, your help. You saved my life. 

If you could see me now, I am me. I am strong, I am happy and I am thankful because it made me who I am today. But I wouldn’t be here today without you."

Jenna, 39

"There are no other local domestic abuse services who support women experiencing emotional, psychological and post-separation abuse

Tracey, 43

"MIN helped me counteract the terrible impact that domestic abuse and post-separation coercive control had on my mental health.   "

Chantelle, 30

"It was such a relief to find Mums In Need. At the time I was so overwhelmed trying to protect my children from emotional abuse. Professionals just didn't get it. I feel understood and validated" 

Emily, 27

"Since accessing min it has helped build my confidence and have felt understood by people going through my similar situations.   "

Gemma, 25

"Their invaluable support has helped me to cope and understand the family court process"

Louise, 43 

"Just thank you for being there"

Sarah, 41  

"you listened and you didn't judge"

Leah, 39

"As ever really useful advice about dealing with the problem at hand. Most other people will encourage me to do this, that or the other to try and sort it out with my daughter's dad, always to my detriment. I was refreshing to be given techniques to help things within my own control, in particular supporting my daughter as best I can from my end without someone assuming her dad is going to respond to me like a reasonable person.

Cate, 40

"There are not enough words to say thank you and describe my gratitude for all the support and kind words I received. Laura and her team are helping me to get through the hardest period of my life - the family court proceedings. Having 1:1 sessions help me to not go crazy with all of the things happening in court. Thank you for all you do"

Trisha, 31

"Mums In Need is the only continuous support that I have had. I would go as far as saying that the charity is life saving"

Linda, 37  

"Having contact with other people that are in a similar situation knowing that you are not alone or crazy despite what you are told"

Amanda, 28

"This is an aspect of the MIN network and other support groups that I have been particularly grateful for in my own journey. It does help to talk and I find it much easier to talk to others who recognise my experiences and validate them". 

Sarah, 32

"The fact you feel your not alone in experiencing this area of abuse, but it is recognised by mums in need they specialise in this area. So this has helped me so much. Laura is amazing I am eternally grateful for her support and wise words"  

Heather, 33 

"I contacted Mums In Need just weeks after my husband moved out and at a point when I was feeling very misunderstood by a number of people, including close friends. It was so good to meet the founder because I felt instantly understood, especially knowing she had been through similar things. I didn’t need to try and explain – she just ‘got it’ instantly. She would always make our meetings informal and relaxed over a coffee, and I always felt like she was genuinely interested in me and how things were going. Many of our sessions were done via email as this was the easiest way for me to offload while supporting three children on my own. She has been really enthusiastic in helping me emotionally and practically. I don’t know how I would have done it without her. It has also been lovely meeting up with her for moral support. Her experience has informed mine in various ways, such as me persevering in seeking legal aid where I may have otherwise given up. She’s a very open person, which makes me feel comfortable to talk about very personal issues with her even though I have only recently met her. Her compassion and commitment to Mums in Need truly shines through." 

 Emma, 29 

“I was really struggling financially and as a single mum, I was constantly worrying about it. I was very nervous about getting in touch with Mums In Need, but after the initial consultation, I felt much more at ease. She was very friendly and understanding, and it felt like a massive weight had been lifted off my shoulders. We had five further conversations, and she helped me to organise a budget that I could stick to, and I got my finances under control. Now I have one less major thing to worry about- I’m so glad I got in contact!” 

Johleen, 36  

"It has been a pleasure working with Mums In Need. The founder not only cares passionately about what she does, but also has a deep knowledge of her subject. She is a great listener and her friendly and welcoming personality makes you feel instantly at ease. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to any mums that are facing difficulties whilst separating from the father of their children." 

Emily, 33

"The value of an understanding  cannot be underestimated, especially in a society where emotional abuse is not understood well "

Lucy, 43

"The positivity! Also I really liked starting with sharing how we came to MIN as well"

Kirsty, 42  

"Feeling validated. Listening to people who are coping better with abuse having learned ways to handle the person better. Feeling supported "

Wendy, 39

"I've only started with MIN recently. It has already helped my confidence but I know the impact going forward will be much stronger" 

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