Vivid Wire's Charity of the Year: Raising Money for Refuge
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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Why Refuge has been chosen as Vivid Wire's Charity of the Year
The incidence of domestic abuse related incidents have increased since the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020.
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. I am due to graduate my masters degree in September, with a focus on Trauma Responsive Education, to help reduce the impact on children who have witnessed or experienced domestic abuse.
I also come from a disadvantaged background and, now I am working for myself, I want to ensure I continue giving back by raising awareness and funds for Refuge, to support the important and much needed work they do.