Domestic abuse is one of the biggest social issues impacting on women and children across Europe. In the UK alone, one woman in four experiences domestic abuse at some time in her life; two women are killed every week by a current or former partner in England and Wales alone; and the police receive a domestic abuse call every 30 seconds.
Crime+Investigation is spearheading a European wide campaign, End Abuse Against Women to highlight the huge scale of the issue and the types of abuse women experience, showcasing the expert support available and how we can all help change lives.
In the UK our partner is Refuge – the country’s largest provider of specialist support services for women and children, helping over 6,500 on any given day. Refuge also runs the National Domestic Abuse Helpline Domestic abuse Helpline and answers a further 250 calls a day and has a national network of refuges and community outreach programmes.
In light of the huge increase in demand for the Refuge helpline and emergency accommodation following the nationwide lockdown earlier this year, the second year of partnership with Refuge to End Abuse Against Women will see British actress and presenter Kym Marsh fronting #HereForHer, Crime +Investigation’s campaign to support victims of domestic abuse.
Commenting on the #HereForHer launch, campaign ambassador Kym Marsh said: “Many people still believe that domestic abuse is a private matter and many victims of domestic abuse feel isolated from friends or family due to their abusive partners, and feel like they have no one to talk to. That is why I’m championing the #HereForHer initiative to let those victims know there is a community of support available to them, even if they feel like they have nowhere to turn.’’
“Domestic abuse is a crime and initiatives like Crime+Investigation’s #HereForHer are absolutely vital to raising muchneeded awareness of an issue that has huge knock-on effects across society and raise much-needed funds to support the hugely important work Refuge do through their national Helpline and emergency services.” added Kym Marsh.
If you are here because you need to access support, you can speak to a member of the National Domestic Abuse Helpline team at any time, day or night. The Helpline adviser will offer confidential, non-judgmental information and expert support. Call 0808 2000 247.
In an emergency always call 999.