Last March the government told us to stay home to stay safe.
But for some families, staying home didn’t necessarily mean staying safe.
For some families, this meant living with an abuser.
For some families, this meant living in fear.
We were told to socially distance by keeping two metres apart to stop the spread.
For some families, this meant no longer having a support network around them.
For some families, this meant they couldn’t discreetly ask for help.
Many support services stopped. The schools closed. Shops, gyms, and restaurants shut their doors.
For some families, this meant their respite was gone.
For some families, this meant their only hope of someone spotting that something was wrong was taken away.
The family home isn’t always a safe place.
For some families, the guidance messages intended to protect us from COVID-19 meant more risk of facing abuse and violence.
In the first lockdown, national levels of domestic abuse sadly increased. With police recording 259,324 domestic abuse-related offences just between March and June 2020.
But the experiences we have in our childhoods have a huge impact on how we grow and develop, with both our physical and mental health, and our thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
Between March and June 2020, while also providing childcare to some of the children at the nursery, our team at Centre 56 made over 800 phone calls to provide support and advice to parents, delivered 226 food parcels and supported families with data top ups and tech equipment to access home learning and additional means to stay in touch with us.
As restrictions ease and lockdown lifts, help us be there for more children and families in need, to provide support and resources to enable them to rebuild their lives.
It costs in excess of £282,000 to deliver our core service each year.
£5 will help us to offer a safe, nurturing place for vulnerable children and families to grow and move away from the abuse or trauma they've experienced.
Simply text 2021FAMILY to 70085 to donate £5 to support the work we do with families.
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Useful support resources:
The Government has now advised that household isolation instructions as a result of coronavirus do not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse. Find out more about their guidance by visiting www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help
To access urgent domestic abuse support over the phone or if you need to talk to someone, the following services are available:
National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247 (freephone, open 24 hours) – www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327 (free from landlines and mobiles within the UK) – www.mensadviceline.org.uk
The Mix, free information and support for under 25s – 0808 808 4994 (freephone, 4pm-11pm) – www.themix.org.uk
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428 – Ran by Galop www.galop.org.uk
Samaritans – 116 123 (freephone, 24/7 service) – www.samaritans.org