The Issue: Violence in the Pandemic
‘Coronavirus: 4,000 domestic abuse arrests in London in just six weeks, police say' (Sky News)
‘UK police fear explosion of violent crime as lockdown eases’ (The Guardian)
This is a difficult and worrying time for all of us, but for some there’s added danger. One of the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak has been the increased risk of abuse and violence. Emergency calls by women subjected to violence by their intimate partners increased by 60% in April, compared to last year, and online enquiries to violence prevention support hotlines have increased up to 5 times (World Health Organisation).
What we do
AVP Britain is a registered charity working with everyone, but particularly the most disadvantaged, including those involved in domestic violence, in trouble with the law, or whose mental health is at risk. We run training workshops and a successful distance learning course for both perpetrators and survivors of abuse and violence. Over the past ten years, more than 5,000 people have taken part, and over 90% say that it has helped them to manage conflict better.
The few programmes currently available to people involved in violence generally cost too much for them to afford. Our principle is that we never exclude anyone because of cost.
Thank you very much for the opportunity which you have provided me with. I do hope that this kindness will continue to others, and that they will feel the inner rewards for having completed the coursework that I have myself experienced.]
Why we need your help
We believe that everyone has the right to live their life without violence. Violence destroys communities, families and individuals, men and women, adults and children alike. But it doesn't have to be this way. If we can stop violence in one person, that spreads to their social network. We're actually preventing violence not only in that person, but potentially for all the people they come into contact with.
Due to COVID-19 our workshops have been suspended and there is no way for those who most need our help to get it. We do not receive public funding and we depend upon grants and donations to survive. Your donations will enable us to put our distance learning programme online, and make it available to everyone who needs it.
What People Say:
"With belief that change can happen also comes a lot of fear and at times anger. A remarkable effect of the programme is the self-awareness that the women obtain around emotions, particularly anger. The women choose to deal with volatile situations differently. In one to one meetings they will report their new found pleasure at managing to deal with situations differently." (Complex Mental Health Projects Coordinator)