I love the fact that I am able to support charities. It makes me feel empowered and as they say, every little really does help. One of the charities on my mind this month is Refuge. This charity supports women and children experiencing all sorts of violence and abuse. Refuge Charity tailors the support offered to suit each individual needs. They also offer a range of services like refuges, community-based projects, culturally-specific services, services for children and support for women going through the criminal justice system. I think it is an amazing charity doing great things to help women and children who find themselves in a violent/abusive environment.
Forms of Violence and Abuse
There are different types of violence and abuse experienced by women and children. Some are more obvious than others. This charity does offer specialist support to help women and children who may be experiencing some form of violence and abuse. Some of which include rape and sexual abuse, forced marriage, domestic violence, so-called ‘honour’-based violence, human trafficking and modern slavery, prostitution, and female genital mutilation (FGM) survivors.
Facts on the Extent of Domestic Violence
For those who don’t know how high the figures are when it comes to domestic violence against women, here are some figures for you –
In the year ending March 2019, 1.6 million women experienced some form of domestic abuse.
Office for National Statistics (2019) Domestic abuse victim characteristics, England and Wales: year ending March 2019.
Two women a week are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales alone.
Office for National Statistics (2019) Homicide in England and Wales: year ending March 2018 (average taken over 10 years).
Almost one in three women aged 16-59 will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime.
Office for National Statistics (2019) Domestic abuse in England and Wales overview: November 2019.