Over 22 years, we have supported over 10,000 individuals. Our work helps survivors to move on and avoid future abusive relationships; perpetrators to change their behaviour and cease to abuse; children and young people to recover from the trauma of living with domestic and sexual abuse.
Here in West Cumbria, rates of domestic abuse are five per cent above the national average. We are the only organisation offering free, long-term, community-based support in our area.
We’ve seen a large rise in demand over the past few months and the Covid-19 pandemic is seriously affecting how we deliver our services.
With many forced to lockdown with their abusers and unable to attending vital face-to-face counselling and therapy sessions we're witnessing extreme distress, anxiety & potential harm from service users and those on our ever growing waiting lists.
This funding will allow us to;
- Increase the hours of our existing Counsellors
- Recruit & train new Counsellors, Support Workers & Volunteers
- Move our important daily services from face-to-face to secure, online methods
- Reduce our waiting list
As lock down continues, it is becoming apparent that already vulnerable clients find themselves even more isolated & scared. We fear this will also result in long-term mental health problems, low self-esteem & confidence, inability to manage emotions & damage to relationships with family, friends & colleagues.
We cannot sit by and allow people to suffer more. We are in a position to act immediately and with your support we can help those in dire need.