What We Do
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 to raise awareness about the multifaceted reality of coercive control.
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 visible tip of the iceberg. Mums In Need recognises that what happens beyond physical violence is largely unseen by other services, with many victims falling through the cracks.
There are many organisations which 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 which impacts on work-life, on other relationships, on motherhood and on 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 have offered a range of services including counselling, 1:1 caseworker sessions, legal support, financial advice, and well being workshops.
Due to the the COVID-19 pandemic, we are mostly providing our services online , provided a blended approach to supporting our Mins. We are working hard to continue supporting everyone as best we can for the time being, we want to reassure you that we are still here. Our phone line is still open and we will still be checking our inbox. Don't hesitate to contact us if you need anything at all.