Min (Service User) 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)

Kirsty, 42

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

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"

Gemma, 25

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

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"

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".

Shami, 36

"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".

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!”

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"

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"

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."

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