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Helping Children Thrive
Supporting Woman Abuse Survivors as Mothers: A Resource to Support Parenting
by Linda Baker and Alison Cunningham (2004). This 76-page resource, developed with funding from the Ontario Women's Directorate, is written for service providers assisting women who have survived woman abuse. These services may be offered in the violence against women sector, or through children's mental health centres, in child protection settings, or any other place where women seek assistance for their children. Material addresses the needs of abused women as mothers, how abusive men parent, how abusive men affect family dynamics, effects of power and control tactics on mothers, the potential impact of woman abuse on children of different ages, and strategies used by young people to cope with violence in their homes. Guidance on parenting children exposed to violence is also offered. Forty-two pages are designed as handouts for women, to be distribued as an adjunct to individual or group interventions on woman abuse or on parenting.
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Handouts for Women
Everyone is encouraged to use any of these pages as handouts during individual or group interventions with women. Some women may find them useful as self-study material. Each handout is available for viewing, printing or download.
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Disponible aussi en francais: Pour aider les enfants à mieux réussir / En assistant dans leur rôle maternel les survivantes de la violence faite aux femmes: Une ressource pour appuyer l'art d'être un bon parent.
With funding from the Ontario Women's Directorate, we produced a pamphlet of parenting tips for mothers called Information for Mothers Who Have Left Abusive Relationships providing guidance to help their children heal from the effects of violence. These 10 parenting "tips," while helpful for all parents, were chosen specifically to match the needs of children who lived with violence, as described here. We also have a work sheet, to help women generate ideas -- perhaps in a support-group context -- to apply the concepts. The pamphlet is available in English, French, Portuguese and Japanese.
Find more information on working with abused women in these two resources from 2008.
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