Women from the Magdalene Laundries
We were moved to hear the Taoiseach’s acknowledgement at last of the suffering and harm done to the women who were in the Magdalene Laundries. We hope that now a process of healing can begin. We know that many, if not most of the women fleeing the regime, fled to the UK.
icap has worked over many years with women who are survivors of the laundries, as well as other survivors of institutional abuse. In our experience shame and secrecy are key issues. Many of those who left the laundries never told their partners or families, and so there is now a need to support the women, whose painful feelings about the past may be reactivated by the current publicity, and their families who may be feeling the impact of this for the first time. Dealing with these feelings is difficult, painstaking work.
An independent study by Professor Peter Fonagy recognised icap’s expertise and efficacy in assisting people suffering the emotional trauma arising from these very difficult early lives.
icap therapists have years of experience in providing culturally and client sensitive psychotherapy to people dealing with these issues. If you know anyone affected, please direct them to icap, since we are best placed to help them.