THE CLEAR PATH JOURNEY
Claire Louise Chamberlain is a survivor of childhood trauma and abuse. In adult life she followed the pattern of many victims, entering into further abusive situations and relationships. After escaping her final abuser, Claire found herself unable to access support and was continuously retraumatised by the services designed to help.
After finding a way to heal for herself and her children, Claire discovered that the majority of victims escaping abuse often suffer with debilitating trauma induced issues. The average waiting list on the NHS is 2 years long. Should there be a criminal investigation, survivors are advised not to seek therapy until after the trial due to witness testimonials being diminished. This negatively impacts the survivor and their children. Unhealed trauma has a deep negative impact on entire families for generations.
In response to this, she created The Four Cornerstones of Healing, a programme which enables survivors to access healing tools that are otherwise inaccessible; this means that they can understand and manage their triggers, take back control of their lives and flourish beyond the trauma and abuse.
Claire also created Clear Path Conference to raise awareness for this and to give a platform to other survivors’ to inspire, educate and empower. Speakers and contributors included Lisa Surridge (HMICFRS), Gemma Aitchison (YES MATTERS), Charissa Cooke (Support to Report), and Rosie Watson (DAA). During the planning of the conference, they formed a think tank, pooled resources, and shared research in an effort to discover the best solutions to tackling the epidemic of abuse nationwide.
Clear Path UK Coalition CIC was formed and now provides resources to abuse sector professionals and organisations, while offering free access to support services for survivors.