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Christmas time should be a happy time of year however regrettably the reality is that for many organisations such as Womens Aid the number of calls to their services rocket.
Last December crisis calls increased by 77% to Solace for people who were seeking refuge from abusive relationships. These people attend at the refuges often with only the clothes they are wearing and nothing else. The refuge will always try and supply them with food, toiletries and additional clothing but due to demand their resources are often limited.
It is estimated that some victims stay in abusive relationship for up to 6 years before they seek help.
Speaking to PA news agency, Asalet Tulaz, advice line manager for Solace, said “ the charity will still be operating as normal this festive period to respond to emergency and crisis calls and have geared up “additional support” for the Christmas and New Year rota. “
Solace is hoping to raise awareness through a new campaign and film #womenwithnothing, which will highlight the struggles victims of domestic abuse can go through during the holiday season.
The charity is also raising funds to provide each victim with a box of fundamentals for the first night they access the refuge, this boxes will include Shampoo, soap, sanitary products and other essential items.
The film is available to view on the Solace website where £10 donations can be made.
If you require any advice or assistance in relation to domestic abuse, please contact our dedicated Family team here at Ramsdens. The team will provide the reassurance and help you may need and can connect you with a number of different support agencies in the local area.