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COVID-19: pandemic or not, we are here

The door at Mums In Need is always open.

We continue to confront coercive control, and are taking on new service users. To get in touch, you can either ring 0800 852 7414 or email to contact our Service Delivery Team.

No matter where you are or who you are, the world-wide pandemic COVID-19 is an unprecedented challenge which undoubtedly affects all of us. We have gathered a list of resources which we hope might be useful to some of you.

Please see Resources for more information.

Covid-19 update for England: updated 19th June 2021

A 4-step plan has been announced for England, the first step on the 8th March - this is our route back to normal life, but each step relies on us all following current safety guidelines at any time.

From 17th May:

  • The majority of indoor and remaining outdoor economy can reopen.

  • Indoor hospitality can reopen, indoor entertainment can resume, including cinemas, museums and children's play areas.

  • Up to 6 people, or 2 households can meet indoors, up to 30 can meet outdoors.

  • Remaining outdoor entertainment can reopen.

  • The public can make informed personal decisions on close contact, including hugging, with friends or family - this continues to carry a risk of spreading or catching Covid-19

  • University students can return to in-person teaching and face coverings are no longer needed in classrooms or communal areas in secondary schools and colleges.

  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions, commemorative events including wakes, as well as standalone life-cycle events.

  • 30 people can attend a support group or parent and child group. (This limit will not apply to children under 5)

  • Organised sport and exercise classes can resume indoors, and saunas and steamrooms may reopen.

  • Care home residents will be able to have up to five named visitors, with two visitors able to at once, provided they are tested and follow infection control measures.

From 21 June, there is a 4-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap. After 2 weeks, the government will review the data to see if the risks have reduced. It's expected that England will move to step 4 on 19 July.

For more information on the new restrictions, please visit the government website:

If you are offered your Covid-19 Vaccine, please take it. All over 18s in England have now been offered the vaccine. You can book your vaccination here:

Mums In Need on BBC Look North

We are so excited that BBC Look North came to one of our well-being sessions to find out more about our organisation and all the good work we do here at Mums In Need.

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Sara Pascoe Event

Sara Pascoe - MIN's ambassador!

14 February 2020 marked our 2nd birthday as a registered chary!

It's important to remind everyone of why Mums In Need started and why we are still here today; Mums In Need's work of confronting coercive control is growing in importance. We understand you and we support you.


This video is from our charity night with Sara Pascoe in December 2019.

Mums In Need

Mums In Need (MIN) is a Sheffield-based charity which works on confronting coercive control. We support mums who have left emotionally/mentally abusive relationships with the parent of their children and who are looking to rebuild their lives.

We aim to support and help mums to feel more confident, in control of their situation and gain an understanding of exactly what you can do to help yourself and your children. MIN can provide our service users (Mins) with the life skills you need so you can overcome your fears and find a way through the intimidation and emotional/psychological abuse.

We are experts in our field

For almost ten years, Mums In Need has supported over 200 women who have suffered from emotional/psychological abuse (also known as coercive control).

Having first hand experience with coercive control, Mums In Need is therefore understanding, caring and have become experts in our field. Women contact us having either found us themselves or been told about us, and we also get referrals from various agencies in South Yorkshire. We have a great deal of experience, knowledge and understanding about emotional abuse in relationships, as well as having an understanding about how you navigate your way through the family justice system.

We have come a long way since we first started, and are now offering a wide range of services from counselling and well-being sessions to legal support, through our Partnership with Keebles. See About Us and What We Do for more information.

In 2019, Laura was nominated for Stylist's Remarkable Woman of the Year Award. You can read more about this here.

If you would like support or want to refer someone, please go to theGet Supportpage for more information about the next steps, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Make Your Mark: Charity of the Year!

We are delighted to announce that Make Your Mark UK has chosen us as Charity of the Year!

Make Your Mark specialise in training, coaching and consultancy, helping small businesses and charities to be better. We are really excited about this new partnership, and our first ever title of Charity of the Year!

Mark Smith of Make Your Mark UK said: “We had a great response to our call out for nominations for charity of the year partnerships which made it a tough job for the judging panel to pick a good cause to support. We wanted to choose a small charity where we could really help make a difference to what they are doing by giving our time and by fundraising.”

Follow us on social media to hear the latest news about our great new partnership!

You can find out more about Make Your Mark UK at their website:

Stella Eden: Stella's Open Road Trip Journal

We are very excited to be sharing with you the launch of Stella's open road trip journal!

This is a creative and reflective journal designed to encourage you to write, doodle, plan your dreams, or anything else! Journalling is shown to help to reduce stress and anxiety, increase creativity and boost your memory. To help you in your journaling there are positive quotes and words of wisdom to help and encourage you in your own journaling journey.

To find out more and order your own copy of the journal, please visit

Fit For Purpose Policy

Over the past few years, Mums In Need has supported over 200 women who have suffered from emotional/psychological abuse (also known as coercive control). Through running our support services, the need for national policy changes became strikingly apparent. Coercive control is now recognised as a crime and yet when victims leave the abusive relationship, they are often left unsupported. We carried out interviews with our staff and the women who have used our support services. From this research, we have developed a set of policy recommendations which, if implemented, would drastically improve the support available to coercive control victims. See the full report below to read about the findings.

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