True Butterflies

True Butterflies is based in Falmouth, and helps people affected by domestic abuse across Cornwall. It offers a safe space where self-esteem and self-confidence can be rebuilt and people can share experiences and talk with other survivors. People benefit from counselling, mentoring, one-to-one support, plus ad-hoc court support, legal advice and help with benefits. The organisation runs workshops aiming to empower parents – they are designed to help them understand how best to support their children through recovery of abuse; to encourage mother/daughter bonds and prevent abuse being ‘normalised’; and help to break the cycle of abusive relationships. They have so far been around martial arts therapy, Cosplay, and Rock School workshops for children.

In February 2020, funding of £3,000 was offered to True Butterflies as a contribution towards its general running costs. Outcome of the work for both adults and children affected by domestic abuse include improved confidence, self-esteem and relationship-building skills.