MOVE: Mothers Overcoming Violence through Education and Empowerment

SAFEchild’s MOVE Program  serves mothers who have experienced emotional and/or physical abuse in a dating or marital relationship. Through group discussions and support from others who have had similar experiences, the program reduces isolation and builds self-esteem for the mothers. Mothers gain an increased understanding of domestic violence and its impact on themselves and their children and they learn strategies to deal with and overcome the challenges in their lives.

MOVE reinforces positive parenting, enabling mothers to feel more competent and confident in their parenting role. The 13-week program focuses on positive parenting skills and enhancing family strengths. MOVE is a collaboration with InterAct of Wake County.

The UNC School of Social Work has researched the long-term outcomes of mothers who have participated in MOVE. These moms report an increased ability to protect their children from abuse and violence, improved attitudes toward parenting, and stronger coping skills. They also report reduced symptoms of depression, stress and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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