Safety And Freedom From Abusers (SAFFA): Emma’s Framework

Based on her Book, Emma’s approach is built around a systematic framework, practised in her talks and training.

This framework focuses on 5 elements:






Perpetrators’ ENTRAPMENT of victims-survivors

Be alert to how perpetrators deliberately and massively restrict victims’-survivors’ safety and freedom.

Emma’s framework maps out perpetrators’ actions with a level of detail that fully explains their tactics. Shifting away from language that ‘mutualises’ the problem, Emma’s framework outlines the understandable ways that victims-survivors have become entrapped, showing how victims-survivors should not be blamed for perpetrators’ actions.

The EFFECTS of the perpetrator’s entrapment on the family

Identify the negative impacts of perpetrators’ entrapment on victims’-survivors’ everyday lives.

Emma’s framework explains the many ways that perpetrators’ entrapment harms the lives of children and victim-survivor parents. Highlighting perpetrators’ responsibility for families’ problems, Emma’s framework shows how we can make perpetrators’ tactics visible so they can be effectively tackled.

Children’s EXPERIENCES as co-victims and co-survivors

Understand how children may be struggling in one or more areas of life due to perpetrators’ actions, and how perpetrators’ entrapment may be creating strains in their relationship with their victim-survivor parents.

Emma’s framework decodes how, as part of their entrapment, perpetrators use and abuse children. This harms children and creates strains in children’s relationships with their victim-survivor parents. Exploring children’s experiences, Emma’s framework sets out ways to heal the strains in children’s relationships with their victim-survivor parents.

Victim-survivor parents’ EFFORTS to protect children

Identify what protective actions are being taken by victim-survivor parents amid their experiences of entrapment, and how to support them.

Emma’s framework provides tools that can enable the identification of efforts made by victim-survivor parents to protect children. Identifying these efforts, some of which will be obvious and some more subtle, Emma’s framework provides ways of appreciating and upholding victims’-survivors’ strengths and capabilities.

Children’s and adults’ EMERGENCE from coercive control and post-separation abuse

Explore how to enhance children’s and adults’ wellbeing and healing from coercive control and post-separation abuse.

Emma’s framework emphasises the continued danger that perpetrators often pose to children’s safety and freedom post-separation. Recognising how perpetrators’ abuse is neither historic nor irrelevant to children’s current wellbeing, Emma’s framework illuminates how children and adults can be supported so that post-separation abuse no longer dominates their lives.