Domestic violence is sadly a reality for more than two million victims (two-thirds of whom are women) every day of the year. However, the juxtaposition of a happy family Christmas and the added financial pressures and routine changes, mean the festive period is often a focus for awareness. Earlier this year, we, along with many others, signed up to support the CIH Make a Stand Campaign. We have listed below the support services available, appointed an issue champion and put in place an HR policy to support any staff members. Another key part of our pledge is to ensure we do our bit to promote the campaign with our clients. Our Christmas ezine this week does just that, including a donation to Women’s Aid. You can view and sign up for our quarterly updates here.
We know we can do more and will be doing so. But we hope our start as an SME shows others what they can do to reduce the impact of domestic abuse.
If you want to support the campaign, sign up today via the CIH website. http://www.cih.org/makeastandsupporters
Contact any of the following support organisations to get help and advice about domestic abuse.
Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge 0808 200 0247 www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
Galop (for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people) 0800 999 5428 www.galop.org.uk
Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327 www.mensadviceline.org.uk
Rape Crisis (England and Wales) 0808 802 9999 www.rapecrisis.org.uk
Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline 0800 027 1234 sdafmh.org.uk
Scottish Women’s Aid 0131 226 6606 www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk
Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 80 10 800 gov.wales/live-fear-free
Women’s Aid Federation (Northern Ireland) 0800 917 1414 www.womensaidni.org