RISE will provide women-centred family justice support for mothers alongside counselling and psychosocial support groups for their children. Women survivors of domestic violence and abuse and their children will be helped through their recovery to be safer, more confident and able to thrive.
This project will prevent/reduce the impact of 'Adverse Childhood Experiences' (ACEs) which are "highly stressful, and potentially traumatic, events or situations that occur during childhood and/or adolescence" due to domestic abuse. Research (Walby and Towers, 2018) finds that 91% of domestic violent crimes that cause injuries are against women. Women experience higher rates of repeated victimisation and are more likely to be seriously hurt or killed than men. Children are unsafe and insecure.
By building on our women-centered approach working creatively with mothers experiencing post-separation abuse RISE provides strengths-based, accessible and high quality support, advice and advocacy for mothers who are exiting an abusive relationship helping them to access justice (civil and criminal) and to create a safe environment for their children. A nurturing safety net will allow both the mother and her children to recover and thrive.