True Butterflies Foundation support survivors of domestic abuse and their families. We support the whole family as we believe it is not just the victim that is affected, so support the family as a core gives them the support and tools to move forward together.
This project concentrates on the children and families affected by domestic abuse. We want to build a unit to support the families through mentoring, therapy and play inspired workshops for children.
1 in 5 children in the UK will have been exposed to domestic abuse.
A third of children witnessing domestic violence also experienced another form of abuse.
130,000 children live in households with high-risk domestic abuse.
Children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to have behavioural and emotional problems.
We intend to create a family unit based in Falmouth to give a support system for the families and children to help them move forward after domestic abuse. Our plan is to have mentors to work with the child/children, their role will be to support the child and their family and aim to give them the best support possible, for as long as they need it.
When they come to the family unit, we want them to feel secure and safe, to enable them to talk openly.
We are intending to write a parenting program to work with this. We are aiming to give the parent the best understanding of how to support that child and help them go forward. These are tools they can progress with and will help with bonding after a traumatic time. Dramatherapy offers people of all ages and ability the opportunity to work creatively with their thoughts and feelings. Drama therapist work with the body as well as the mind.
Drama therapist use play, stories, drawing, poetry and text, painting, clay, music, role play, improvisation, mask work, movement, puppetry and sand tray work.
Working within the metaphor can mean the person can explore the trauma without being re-traumatised.