Decade of battling my violent, manipulative ex, my depression, Court and schools for a place in the lives of my daughter (12), and son (11), Became “Weekend Mum” - heartbroken, ashamed. Ex uses contact (or lack of it) to punish me now that I’m beyond reach of his fists and verbal abuse. Legal system seemed happy to help him. Finding MATCH has been like finally finding a friend who’s been through the same as me. Myself, two younger daughters, and new husband were joined (totally unexpectedly) by my oldest daughter a year ago. The fight for good contact with my son continues.