More Than What’s Written
Women working with Pause North East Lincolnshire wanted to talk about their experiences and create a film that showed what they had been through. The concept for the film was developed and co-created by the women. They talked about the language that was used about them and the violence they experienced and how that became the narrative that shaped the way they were viewed and understood.
*Trigger warning – the film contains descriptions of domestic abuse and violence*
The film uses a combination of women’s lived experience of how it felt to be in the child protection process, facing the prospect of losing children you love and cherish, as a result of someone else’s actions. The film tells the story they wish professionals had heard, understood and shared.
Pause North East Lincolnshire ran from June 2017-March 2020. The Pause Practice has supported 32 women, who between them are mothers of 108 children. 80% of women supported by Pause North East Lincolnshire have experiences of domestic abuse.
The film is being used locally within North East Lincolnshire to open a dialogue about the use of language in the child protection process to make this more trauma-informed, more compassionate.
Pause has produced a booklet for professionals about the importance of language when working with women who’ve had children removed from their care and experienced domestic abuse. Available here:
Pause -More Than What’s Written: a booklet for professionals
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Lisa was in a violent relationship. Even when her children were taken into care, she couldn’t break the cycle.
Working with Pause, she has been able to build her self-esteem and her confidence and now feels stronger to face the future. Watch Lisa’s story.