Supporting domestic abuse victims during COVID-19

by Kristen Paterson in Tunbridge Wells, England, United Kingdom

Supporting domestic abuse victims during COVID-19
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On 15th July 2020 we successfully raised £565 with 9 supporters in 41 days

To expand telephone support services for victims of domestic abuse during the COVID-19 emergency and beyond, including support to court.

by Kristen Paterson in Tunbridge Wells, England, United Kingdom

With our support and advice we enable victims of domestic abuse and their children to turn their lives around and break the downward cycle of domestic abuse. 

There has been an increase in such abuse arising from the isolation and lock down of victims. Funding for this project means:

1. We will be able to sustain the increased and vital volunteer support service via our helpline, including supporting victims to court and 

2. Provide ongoing telephone support with a named volunteer for as long as it's needed. 

Your help with funding will contribute to the cost of the additional manager's hours for this extended service.

Since the lock down, referrals and calls to the Helpline are mainly high risk and high need,  and these complex cases often require immediate support including support to court. 

As many victims are unable to seek support while in enforced isolation with their abuser, we are expecting a huge surge in referrals and calls to our Helpline when the lock down is lifted and our extended service will be needed more than ever.

 From the lock down to the 29 April 2020, DAVSS has already helped many clients obtain: 

 Non-molestation Orders,  Occupation Orders, Forced Marriage Protection Orders, and Child Arrangement Orders.  In addition,  just about every client has received one or more legal options advice session/s by their volunteer or by the helpline.

A past client recently wrote on our Facebook Page:  'DAVSS called me at the lowest time of my life, their call helped me get on the road to recovery and I will be forever grateful. I’m now outside of the tunnel and can thankfully bask in the light again! Thank you.'


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