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New program helps mothers and children who have experienced domestic violence to find happiness in a FLASH

Friday, 19 May, 2017.

FLASH – Finding Life’s Answers, Safety and Happiness – is an exciting new therapeutic initiative in Coffs Harbour for children and their mothers who have experienced the trauma of domestic violence.

An initiative of the Coffs Coast Committee Against Domestic and Family Violence, the FLASH program has launched in the region thanks to our $39,600 grant.

Foundation Chairman, Phil Neat said, “The Foundation is proud to support this critical initiative which is set to have a huge impact on the lives of children exposed to domestic violence, and we congratulate Interrelate and their partners on bringing this innovative program to life for the benefit of some of the most vulnerable members of the Coffs region.”

FLASH groups will be run by Warrina Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services and Interrelate. Domestic violence directly impacts a child’s neurological and emotional growth. FLASH actively supports mothers to help their children overcome some of the emotional hurdles and get back on a healthy developmental path. Each group will create a safe space for children to acknowledge their experience and support mothers to hear their children’s story and help them heal.

FLASH actively supports mothers to help their children overcome some of the emotional hurdles and get back on a healthy developmental path.

FLASH Coffs Harbour
the FLASH program counsellors and support staff

“Children living with family violence are often consumed by the urgency of survival and managing trauma symptoms. This landscape for children is frightening, unpredictable and confusing,” said Charlotte Young, Manager of Warrina. “FLASH helps children to understand these scary and complex feelings and build new relationships based on safety.”

“Mothers are also traumatised by the violence and often feel distressed and anxious about the impact for their children,” said Glen O’Hara, Area Manager at Interrelate. “FLASH provides a space where they can turn these complex emotions into consistency, stability and nurturing for their child, and have a lot of fun along the way.”

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