We were thinking about what charity to donate to and our thoughts turned to COVID-19 and how hard it has been for everyone when we are all stuck at home more during the lockdowns and the Tiers and the extra pressures this has had on us and our families.
Many of us are lucky to have homes that are our safe havens, and are in relationships that are supportive during these challenging times but what about those whose homes are not safe? Their home is not a safe haven now nor before COVID-19 lockdowns. What unimaginable difficulties they must be experiencing. Where could they go to escape domestic abuse during COVID-19?
With this in mind, we came across RBWA a small independent charity based in the South East of England dedicated to changing the lives of women and children fleeing abuse. Founded in 1984, they have provided safety and freedom for around 2,000 women and 3,000 children. They have 3 refuges for women and children fleeing severe domestic abuse. On average a family stays with them for 6 months. During this time they offer wrap around care and a holistic support package.
A sobering thought we were told was that all of the families in their care were at risk of being murdered if they were to remain in the family home! Recent data showed that in 2019 for every one space available in their refuge they had 4.13 referrals for that space but in 2020 for every one space available in their refuge they had 9.19 referrals! This demonstrates a massive 150% increase. We are sure you will agree these are shocking statistics that shows the sad reality that more refuge spaces are desperately needed.
Unity Care Solutions are very proud to have donated £5,000 to this charity, to support the amazing work they do.