By Demelza Desforges - MIN Ambassador, 23rd May 2023.
Coercive Control, Post-Separation Abuse and Trauma are all linked and can have a significant impact on the mental health and well-being of survivors. The experience of Abuse, whether it is emotional, sexual, physical, or financial, can create an environment of fear, control, and unpredictability. Here are some of the ways these vulnerabilities lead to anxiety.
Holistic support is required to overcome post-separation abuse and helps to develop coping strategies and self-care tips to manage anxiety symptoms. This could include mindfulness, breathing techniques, offering counselling and advice as well as offering a non-judgemental and understanding space. Mums and children affected by coercive control need to set boundaries and must practise self-compassion. What is happening is not their fault. It is important to speak out and to seek professional help. Mums In Need is here and can help build support networks by providing the right kind of support to help. Survivors are not defined by their experiences, they are resilient. Recovery and healing is possible with time, support and self-care.