A Sheffield Charity, Mums In Need, will feature in a new BBC2 documentary called Womanhood. The programme will hear from celebrities including Strictly Come Dancing Judge, Shirley Ballas, writer Chidera Eggerue, businesswoman Jacqueline Gold, singer Sinitta Malone and comedian Suzi Ruffell. Together, they want to explore the role of women and their place in society.

The celebrities meet with Laura Riley, Chief Executive of Mums In Need, to discuss coercive control and the importance of supporting women in the aftermath of domestic abuse. Controlling and coercive behaviour in relationships became a crime in 2015 and is punishable by up to five years in prison. It is defined as long-term controlling behaviour from partners, including bullying, degrading, gaslighting (tricking a person into doubting their sanity) and controlling someone's finances or alienating them from seeing friends or family.

Mums In Need provides emotional and legal support to mothers who have left emotionally-abusive partners but have children, so they have to maintain contact. The charity relies on grants and public donations to survive. It provides counselling, 1:1 caseworker sessions, legal support, financial advice, and well-being workshops for mums requiring their services.

Laura Riley, Chief Executive of Mums In Need, said: 'It's great to see a spotlight on the subject of coercive control, and more importantly, understand some of the signs in which to identify it. It's a common occurrence in the UK, amplified during this pandemic, and to hear from celebrities who can relate to our work is humbling. I am a survivor of a coercive relationship, and I hope the programme helps women in a similar situation, encouraging them to contact organisations like ours for help.'

The documentary is due to be aired on the 26th November at 9 pm on BBC2.

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Photo: Chief Executive, Laura Riley


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.

Sara Pascoe - MIN ambassador

It's important to remind everyone 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.

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Video from our charity night with Sara Pascoe in December 2019.

Mums In Need

An early promotional video of Mums In Need