I learned from a young age that mistakes, even simple mistakes on a homework assignment, equaled pain. I feared my father’s hands until I filled my own with love.
We dispel ignorance about Covert Emotional Abuse, a dangerous and common form of Domestic Violence, which significantly harms its victims and extends its reach to the whole family and its community. Children living in violent homes, even if not directly abused, can experience mental, physical, and/or psychological impairment that affects their development and can last into adulthood. By stemming the tide of abuse through education, we protect families and foster healthy environments in which all individuals can thrive.
By training individuals and organizations most likely to receive a victim’s disclosure of abuse, TMP is creating a shift in domestic violence counsel and care and providing a pathway to healing. We prevent Double Abuse® by promoting trauma-informed and compassionate responses and refusing to permit first responders to disbelieve, shun, silence, or mock a victim who courageously speaks out about the abuse they are enduring. We provide tools to prevent Double Abuse® while promoting clarity, empowerment, accountability, and restoration.
We provide in-person training or presentations and written and online video curriculum to equip NGO’s, therapists, social workers, universities, faith-based organizations, and other first responders about how to identify signs of abuse, respond to abuse, empower victims, lead abusers toward change, and identify cultural biases that foster Double Abuse®. Our trainings are available in-person or online. M3ND trainer and founder, Annette Oltmans, also speaks at regional and national events or conferences on these topics.
An Introduction to Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: An Effective Tool to Improve Parent-Child Relationships and Decrease Misbehavior
The M3ND Project knows that many families are struggling significantly right now during ongoing COVID-19 quarantine and shelter-at-home mandates, and extreme stress is on the family unit. Perhaps your children are acting up in ways they never have or this is an ongoing issue for you. If so, there are ways parents and children can interact to help diffuse toxic exchanges.
Child Abuse from the Eyes of a First Responder
In this blog, we continue to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month by sharing one young child’s journey through the foster care system, as seen through the eyes of his volunteer child advocate. Like the more than 400,000 children living in foster care within the United States, this young child whom we will call Darius did not choose to grow up in “the system.”
How to Stop Emotionally Abusing our Kids.
During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, it would be remiss if we did not address Covert Emotional Abuse as a form of child abuse which affects so many. As it does in adults, emotional abuse against children is often a precursor to other types of abuse but not always. This is especially true now that many states have issued shelter-in-place mandates to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Child Abuse Prevention Month: How to Spot Maltreatment.
Each year during April, Child Abuse Awareness month, we have the opportunity to be a light to the most vulnerable in our population, our children, who are facing abuse in unprecedented numbers. If you have been reading the news, you will know the current shelter-in-home or quarantine mandates have created an environment in which the incidence and severity of all forms of abuse have increased.
3 Simple Ways Victims of Abuse can Care for Themselves Well During Quarentine.
Without a doubt, we are all facing unique challenges during this COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that this season can be especially difficult for victims of abuse, particularly those who are still living with their abuser. If this is you, The M3ND Project wants to be a light for you by providing hope and some simple steps you can take to help freshen your perspective and lift your spirits.
Your Guide to Walking with Victims Dealing with Abuse: The M3ND Project Healing Model of Compassion.
At some point in our lives, most of us will be a first responder for a victim of abuse. The M3ND Project defines a “first responder” as any individual to whom an abuse victim discloses their story of abuse or who helps a victim with their abuse situation. This could be a therapist, pastor, co-worker, spouse, sibling, friend, parent, mentor, etc. You never know when you will be a first responder.