Emergency fundraising appeal

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Domestic abuse rates have increased during the Covid-19 lockdown. This means greater need for our specialist mental health services, which are tailored to support domestic abuse victims.

However, we are currently facing a funding shortfall of around £100,000. This is why we are launching an appeal; to enable us to continue providing our free counselling and therapy to the women that need it, throughout and after the pandemic.

We moved rapidly to put new systems in place and are delivering confidential counselling and group therapy sessions by phone, WhatsApp, and video to help women cope with the isolation and maintain their shared support for one another.

Isolation is one the main ways abusers control and terrorise women

Our services are quite literally a lifeline for so many women who have experienced domestic abuse. The lockdown hasn’t changed this or reduced the demand. If anything, we are experiencing more calls from women for whom the situation is bringing back painful memories of past abuse.

We were already working at full capacity before the Covid-19 lockdown. We now expect to see significant and urgent demand as women struggle to cope with the increased frequency and severity of domestic abuse.

Make a donation today, so we can support survivors together

As a small, specialist charity we’re unlikely to receive money from the recently-announced Government funding. Due to the impact of Coronavirus on business, we may not receive significant corporate donations this year. And many things our fantastic supporters do to raise money for us just aren’t possible right now.

This is why we urgently need your help. Otherwise, many women may be forced to miss out on vital mental health support.

Please donate if you can.

Thank you.

Heidi Riedel