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Moving Forward

A Community-Based Group Program for Children, Youth and Their Mothers to Promote Healing from the Effects of Woman Abuse

About Moving Forward

Moving Forward is a community-based group program offered throughout the year that helps children, youth and their mothers heal from the hurt of living with woman abuse in their family. It is a free, voluntary program that offers separate, yet complimentary, group experiences for children and their mothers.

Children and their mothers learn:

  • to heal from the impact of abuse
  • to deal with family changes after abuse
  • the importance of honouring feelings
  • tips on safety planning
  • ways to handle problems

About the Groups

Children's and mothers' group sessions run concurrently.

Children’s Groups
for children and youth:

  • 10-12 weekly sessions
  • meet during the day or after school
  • children assigned to age-appropriate groups
  • nutritious snack provided at each meeting
  • learn how to express their feelings

Mothers’ Groups:

  • 10-12 weekly sessions
  • offered during the day or evening to accommodate various schedules
  • meet other mothers with similar experiences
  • designed to help mothers support their children through this group process
  • mothers meet regularly to discuss the topics children will be exploring in their group

Who May Participate and Why

Women and children who have survived an abusive relationship may participate in the Moving Forward program. Although everyone heals at their own pace, having the chance to reflect with others about the experience of abuse can be very reassuring. Mothers will learn the most effective ways to support their children as they move forward in their healing process.

Organization of the Groups

This program is delivered by community-based organizations across New Brunswick (See Contact Information). Each Moving Forward program has trained facilitators who help to create safe and secure environments for both the children and their mothers.

The scheduled group meetings for children and mothers are held in safe and supportive places. 

How to Participate

If you and your child want to participate, contact the Moving Forward program nearest you. You do not need to be referred by someone else. An experienced coordinator will discuss the program with you to see if it meets your child’s needs. If the program is appropriate for your child, the coordinator will contact you when there is space available in a group suited to your child’s age. At that time, you will get information about when and where your Mothers’ Group will take place.

If You Need Help

If you and/or your child need help with transportation and/or childcare to attend groups, assistance may be available.

Contact Information

To participate in Moving Forward or find out more about this community group program contact:

Liberty Lane Inc.

Valley Outreach Services

Saint John
Moving Forward

Miramichi Family Violence Partnership Committee

Family Services Moncton Inc.

Sussex and Area
Sussex Committee for the Prevention of Family Violence

Comité de la violence familiale du Nord-Ouest Inc.

Acadian Peninsula
Services à la Famille de la Péninsule

Restigouche Family Services Inc.

If you have trouble contacting a group in your area, please call the Women’s Issues Branch at 506-453-8126.

Background Information

Moving Forward is based on the Community Group Program developed by Michelle Paddon and Susan Loosely through the Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex, Ontario.

Funders and Partners

Moving Forward is funded by the Executive Council Office, Women’s Issues Branch, in partnership with the regional family violence prevention networks.

The pamphlet was developed in collaboration with the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick. 

Executive Council Office, Women’s Issues Branch
P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
Tel: 1-506-453-8126

ISBN 978-1-55396-958-7

revised March 2012 



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