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 of the “battered woman” and to raise awareness about the multifaceted reality of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse is always underpinned by intimate terrorism, the emotional and psychological elements of control which shatter lives. Violent assault is just one piece of the jigsaw that makes up the complex patterns of abuse; it is the visible tip of the iceberg. MIN recognises that what goes on beneath and beyond physical violence is largely unseen by other services, despite changes in legislation which recognise coercive control as a diverse range of controlling strategies.
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. Since the humble beginnings from the laptop of our CEO in 2013, we have supported over 200 women. We have offered a range of support including counselling, 1:1 sessions, legal support through family court, financial advice, self-esteem and stress management workshops, yoga and well-being sessions, coffee morning and drop-in sessions and much-needed pampering such as massage and beauty treatments.
Due to the the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer face-to-face contact for the next couple of months and we will now be supporting our service users remotely. We are working towards allocating our resources so that we can support 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. Please take this offer up if you need to touch base during this period of social distancing, it's going to be particularly difficult for those of us who already feel isolated.