Extra Ministry of Justice funding to help survivors struggling during the lockdown

The Ministry of Justice has provided funding to vital online and helpline services for victims and witnesses of crime, including NAPAC. This generous funding means NAPAC can increase the support we offer to survivors of childhood abuse during the coronavirus pandemic. Gabrielle Shaw, NAPAC’s CEO, said: “This additional funding is incredibly helpful at such a difficult time for survivors who may be struggling during the lockdown because of the trauma they suffered in childhood.”

Many survivors of childhood abuse are finding the lockdown especially challenging for a number of reasons:

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Guest blog: Child Sexual Abuse and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (c-PTSD)

Many of the people calling our support line tell us they suffer from flashbacks, dissociation and poor sleep and this impacts their day to day life.  Much of the popular understanding of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) comes as a result of media depictions, which show visual flashbacks and hallucinations of the incident. But complex PTSD as a result of trauma in childhood doesn’t often manifest in this way. Researcher Claire Cunnington at the University of Sheffield has written us a guest blog about complex PTSD and childhood trauma.

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Feeling safe during COVID-19 – updated 23 December 2020

Everyone feels anxious when there is a lot of uncertainty. If you suffered abuse in childhood you might be finding things especially difficult while coronavirus (COVID-19) is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. We’ll be sharing lots of useful information on self-care here on our blog and on social media

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Office for National Statistics invites survivor feedback on design of England & Wales Crime Survey

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is looking for volunteers (aged 18 to 74) who experienced abuse in childhood to help with research to decide whether the Crime Survey for England and Wales  would be suitable as an online survey. They would like to hear your views on the nature of the questions the Crime Survey asks and other aspects of its design. Please complete the ONS questionnaire if you are interested by 13 March 2020.

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Investigating non-recent child abuse is vital

Operation Hydrant has published outcomes resulting from the police investigations. These demonstrate why investment in investigating non-recent child abuse is so vital.
Survivors should feel reassured that it is worth going to the police if they wish to, however long ago their abuse took place.

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Supporting Deaf adult survivors of childhood abuse

British Society for Mental Health & Deafness @bsmhdeaf and NAPAC are working together to develop training for counsellors and therapists who work with adult survivors of childhood abuse who are Deaf. Find out more about NAPAC’s e-learning courses https://napac.org.uk/training/ #itsnotok2020

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