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Babergh: Domestic abuse scheme hailed as a big success

10:00 18 April 2014

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A pilot project which supports mothers and children who have lived through domestic abuse is being hailed as a success.

The organisation Compassion sought funding to bring the Stronger Families Community Group Programme to the Babergh district.

The programme helps mothers and children express and articulate their feelings and beliefs, so they can move on from the cycle of abuse.

Cathy Press, chair of Compassion, said: “When I was doing the family assessments for the pilot programme, children were given the opportunity to talk about the things that worry, frighten or scare them the most.

“Children as young as four, and as old as 12, stated clearly they were very afraid of their abusing parent, despite not living with them anymore.

“Some of these fears included ‘daddy coming back to kill me’ and ‘mummy not being able to stop daddy taking me’.

“Throughout the programme it was evident that children believe that if bad and hurtful things have taken place in their family, they inevitably think they are to blame.”

Mrs Press said she had been encouraged by the full engagement of those participating in the pilot scheme. She added: “We can see such extraordinary changes in the children and the mothers.”

Compassion relies on public donations to carry out its work. Among others, Sudbury Waitrose recently donated via its Community Matters token scheme. As part of the celebrations in the project’s final week, the children each received a chocolate bunny for Easter, donated to Compassion by the Storehouse Foodbank.

Mothers can refer themselves to the next Stronger Families programme, which will start in early September.

Call 07966 592632 or email cathy@compass-ion.org

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