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November 3, 2008

Moving Forward: A Program for Children (4 to 16 years) and their Mothers to Promote Healing from the Effects of Woman Abuse

Working in collaboration with the Women’s Issues Branch, PLEIS-NB was engaged to create a plain language resource for the community agencies who will be delivering a “children’s program” to help youth deal with their exposure to family violence. The pamphlet describes the community-based group program for children aged 4 to 16 years. The program is intended to help children heal from the hurt of living with woman abuse in their family. Moving Forward is also intended for mothers whose children are participating in the program. It is a free, voluntary program that offers separate, yet complimentary, group experiences for children and their mothers. Children and their mothers learn skills for making positive choices to end violence in their lives, creating safety plans, and making social connections. The child-centred focus of the program helps women “think through their children’s eyes” so they can better support their children’s healing process.