New Year, Same Fear.
We’re all living in a constant state of uncertainty and fear for our futures. Now imagine living through a pandemic and domestic abuse. The impact of the pandemic caused massive increases in calls to our advice helpline which has stabilised at a high level with more women deciding to leave after Christmas as they know 2022 will be another year of abuse. We are all exhausted by the pandemic, but we’re determined to be there for women who need us.
“It’s good news that the restrictions are now being lifted, but the high levels of domestic abuse and sexual violence provoked by the pandemic have not subsided. Services like Solace are under intense pressure to keep women and children safe. The crisis isn’t over.” – Jane Jutsum, Director
Domestic abuse now accounts for one in eight crimes reported to the Met Police. But prosecutions rates remain dire at less than 2%. Women face multiple challenges when it comes to living safely and domestic abuse and sexual violence are the most feared of experiences; compounded by a lack of resources. The loss of the £20 Universal Credit uplift, inadequate housing, healthcare provision including mental health support and access to legal aid.
Solace reports that the impact of the pandemic caused massive increases in calls to our advice helpline which has now stabilised at this high level.
Our #NewYearSameFear appeal features stories of survivors that Solace has supported over the last year, voiced by our staff member, with help from Roll Nine Productions.
The appeal features the stories of women and girls that Solace have supported over the last year, voiced by staff members and created into audio cards by Roll Nine films.
Thanks to our incredible supporters, we were able to respond to the emergency needs of survivors during lockdown. We know people are exhausted from the uncertainty of the pandemic, but we need your help. Women and children are suffering from trauma and experiencing appalling levels of poverty and destitution.
Solace saves lives. Support us today.
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