After working for almost twenty years in the support and education sector before Vivid, I have seen first hand the severe impact that domestic abuse has on everyone involved. It is part of the reason I have chosen to study for a masters degree, with a focus on trauma responsive education (as well as running Vivid).
I sometimes get the odd feeling of guilt that I'm not doing enough to support vulnerable people, after working for so many years in that sector. So, now I am I work for myself, I want to ensure I continue giving back by raising awareness and funds for a charity each year.
Refuge is a charity providing specialist support for women, men and children experiencing domestic violence. Through their range of specialist services, they help more than 6,000 survivors of domestic violence each day across England and Wales. The incidence of domestic abuse related incidents have increased since the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020, so now, more than ever, supporting the work they do is really important.
Refuge opened the world’s first refuge in Chiswick, West London, in 1971. Since then it has grown to become the country’s largest single provider of specialist support to women and children escaping domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence. On any given day, Refuge supports more than 6,500 women and children.
Refuge’s national network of specialist services include: safe emergency accommodation through refuges in secret locations across the country; community-based outreach services; culturally specific services for women from South Asian, African and Caribbean, Eastern European and Vietnamese backgrounds; a modern slavery service; independent advocacy services for women at the highest risk of serious injury and homicide; a range of single point of access services for women, children and men across entire regions; and the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline and www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk Refuge also runs award-winning public awareness campaigns, advises Governments and was voted ‘Charity of the Year’ 2016 at The Charity Times Awards.
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