Jul 8, 2020

Covid-19

During this global pandemic it has not been possible to run session with children whoneed our help.

Face to Face meetings are not possible/suitable for young children.

We hope that we will raise enough money to be able to run a new group when it is safe to do so.

Our other work has continued with in all areas an increase in the number of demands on our services.

We have needed to increase space in our refuge for famiies fleeing Domestic Abuse, calls to our helpline have at time been double the equivilent time compared to this time last year.

As lock down has been eased our outreach team have dealt with more police referrals and an increase in the clients each outreach worker has to support.

May 7, 2020

Domestic Abuse

During the last few weeks our ptiorities have had to change. Dealing with sometimes nearly double the usual number of calls to our helpline has been challenging.

Our community programmes for survivors of Domestic Abuse have had to be postponed due to lock down and social distancing.

We are hopefully going to be able to run the courses using Zoom until things return to whatever usual becomes.

Incidents of Domestic Abuse will rise by between 25 and 50% with victims having little or no respite from their perpetrators.

The demand on our services will increase massively at a time where our ability to raise funds will deminish extensively.

The generosity of our supporters will help us through this very difficult time.

Thank you.

Mar 16, 2020

Domestic Abuse Recovery Programme

Thank you to all of you who have supported us so far. Your support is so appreciated and makes such a difference to the work that we do.

The corona virus is upon us all now and it is now impacting all of our lives to a lesser or greater degree.

Some people are unhappy about self isolation as it disrupts normal life. For victims of Domestic Abuse this is something that will impact them in a very negative way.

The following article was published on the 14th March.

“With women and couples self-isolating, there is certainly a higher risk of domestic abuse occurring,” Rebecca Hitchen, campaigns manager at the End Violence Against Women Coalition told HuffPost UK. “The many ramifications of the outbreak may also mean that women and their children could find it even harder to access safety and specialist support.”

These secondary effects of the pandemic are already being experienced in China, with activists reporting a surge in cases of domestic abuse as a result of the lockdown. Wan Fei, a retired police officer who now runs an anti-domestic violence nonprofit organisation in Jingzhou, Hubei, said the number of cases has almost doubled since the quarantine began. “The epidemic has had a huge impact on domestic violence,” the activist said. “According to our statistics, 90% of the causes of violence are related to the Covid-19 epidemic.”

Thank you again for your support.

 
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