As the national lockdown continues to help fight the spread of coronavirus, some members of society remain more vulnerable than others. Studies have shown that survivors of domestic abuse are at higher risk under these measures, as self-isolation can potentially aggravate existing abusive behaviour towards women and children.
The lockdown also makes it harder for survivors to flee abusive partners, as they are stuck at home with their perpetrator.
Tragically, cases are already on the rise: more than 25 frontline domestic abuse services have reported an increase in their caseload since the start of the epidemic, while the National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25 per cent increase in calls since lockdown began.
Refuge is appealing for donations to help vulnerable women and children. Find out more on their website www.refuge.org.uk. At Ribbon and Bow we believe that the gift of giving is the best gift you can give and have decided to support the amazing work Refuge does through donations.
How can your donations help:
£5 a month could provide emotional support to a child.
90% of domestic abuse happens in the presence of a child. Your regular gift could help children to overcome the trauma of witnessing or experiencing domestic abuse.
£10 a month could give a woman her independence back.
Women are often forced to stop working by their abusers, or they have to leave their jobs when they escape abuse. Your regular gift could provide employment and financial advice from our skilled staff, to help give a woman back her independence and support her back into work.
£15 a month could provide an emergency pack for a woman arriving at a refuge.
Every day, women escaping life-threatening situations seek safety in our refuges. Many arrive with little more than the clothes they are wearing. Your gift could provide toiletries, food and clothing to help a woman through her first night.
Ribbon and Bow is all about gifting with love and the act of giving back is very important. Now more than ever there is a real need for us as a community to support women and children at risk of domestic violence. At Ribbon and Bow we believe in the amazing work Refuge is doing and will continue to support this cause through donations to help vulnerable women and children in need of emotional support.
Sending love & keep safe,