Tag: domestic violence

An image of Sonia wearing her Family Defense group vest.
Aug 14 2017

‘No longer afraid’

Peruvian mom works to prevent domestic violence

An image of a family of women in Peru.

Sonia (center), with her daughters, Lady (left), Heydi (right) and baby Luna. Lady is sponsored by Mary in Indiana and Heydi is sponsored by Edward in Nebraska.

By Corbett McKinney, student intern

To celebrate the U.N.-sponsored World Humanitarian Day Aug. 19, Unbound is highlighting inspiring members of our global community who’ve overcome obstacles to help others. In Peru, a tenacious mother named Sonia helps others by participating in the local Family Defense group, organized through our program in Lima.

Living in a rocky, dusty city south of the capital, Sonia is the mother of three girls, two of whom are sponsored through Unbound. She’s fiercely proud and protective of her girls. Lady and Heydi are her older children, who are sponsored. Her youngest daughter, Luna, is an infant. Together with her husband, daughters and the family dog, Sonia transforms their modest home into a joyful space filled with noise and laughter.

Sonia’s life wasn’t always so happy.
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Feb 27 2012

Why social support groups for women are so important

CFCA mothers groups“Social groups are critical in helping women recover from the trauma of domestic violence. Social groups rebuild that lost sense of self and create a supportive, open forum in which to heal.”

This quote is from Susan Miller, chief executive officer of Rose Brooks Center, which provides domestic violence services and programs for families in the U.S.

At CFCA we value mothers groups, or small groups of mothers of sponsored children, as a valuable support system.

Not only do these groups help women find ways to improve their economic circumstances, but they also empower women to address present challenges ñ including domestic violence, among other issues.

Read more about how CFCA mothers groups are addressing domestic violence.