Stronger Families and Hands are not for Hurting

Please note the new telephone number for Stronger Families: 0115 9475257 extension 245. We are in the process of updating all our materials


Children in families where domestic abuse has occurred, can have difficulties expressing their emotions and mums can find it difficult rebuilding a relationship with their children at a time when it’s needed most.


Stronger Families and Hands are Not for Hurting are therapeutic group programmes for children aged 5 to 16 years (school years 1 to 11) and their mums. Over a 12 week period, separate groups are held for children and mums. The programme will help children to recover from the harm of domestic violence and abuse whilst mums are supported to understand the impact the abuse has had on their children. The programme also helps to rebuild the relationship between them.


Where: Nottingham city (Stronger Families) Ashfield, Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe (Hands are Not for Hurting)   


Programme for children

Our sessions for children aged 5 to 16 aim to create a safe space to talk and learn that they are not alone as they meet other children who have been through similar experiences. The programme focusses on building children's self esteem by helping them to express themselves, deal with their emotions about what has happened and to be aware of their feelings. We help children to understand that what has happened is never their fault.



Programme for mums

Our mums group concentrates on a different topic each week and helps mums to better understand their childrens’ feelings and behaviour. The group is a safe and supportive place for mums to meet other mums who are in similar situations and have been through similar experiences. The programme helps to build their skills to support their children and strengthen their relationship.



For more information or to make a referral

We have a different team, contact details and referral forms for both Stronger Families and Hands are not for Hurting:


Stronger Families

Please get in touch with our Stronger Families team who are available Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm


Hands are Not for Hurting

Please get in touch with our Duty Desk which is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm

We are in the process of producing publicity materials for Hands are Not for Hurting and they will be here shortly.



WAIS contact numbers:
Helpline: 0808 800 0340
Referrals: 0115 947 6490
Office: 0115 947 5257