Vital support for Fife families affected by domestic abuse will continue for the next five years thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund announced today.
The award of £666,733 to Fife Council’s Domestic and Sexual Abuse Partnership will mean they can continue to run their Cedar (children experiencing domestic abuse recovery) project for another five years.
The Cedar approach is a unique way of working with mothers and children, helping them to recover from domestic abuse by finding a safe place while they deal with their experiences and begin to rebuild their lives.
Councillor Margaret Kennedy, chairman of Fife Council’s safer communities committee, said: “Cedar is a project that has made a significant difference to the lives of children and young people affected by abuse in Fife.
“The unique Cedar approach, with therapeutic groups for children and their mothers has been shown to be highly beneficial in mutual recovery. Helping children to understand about the hurting within their family and they are not to blame for the abuse.
“Cedar recognises that mothers are the experts in their own children and supports them to talk to their children about their shared experiences, to nurture their child and keep them safe and happy. This award will allow us to increase the number of groups we can offer across Fife and improve our response to babies, toddlers, children and their mothers affected by domestic abuse.”
Pauline found the strength to move on from a violent, destructive relationship thanks to Cedar.
She said: “When the project was recommended I can remember feeling so ashamed and embarrassed that by staying in an abusive relationship I have caused all this hurt and confusion with my children.
“I cried all the way through the first session. Cedar is amazing; somewhere that takes all the broken pieces of your past and gives you the answers to all the unanswered questions. It allows you to communicate positively with your children and opens up the wounds, heals them and gives you a focus for the future as a family unit again.”
Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland chairman, said: “This funding will help women and children who have been affected by domestic abuse rebuild their lives together.
“We know women who have been abused at home can experience further emotional and physical problems. If they can access effective support and help at an early stage, then they and their children have a better chance of a positive long term future. I am delighted that this funding will support more women like Pauline and her children through this process and help them to move to a brighter future.”