*Trigger warning - This post mentions domestic violence and abuse*
1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, and 750,000 child incidents of domestic abuse are reported in the UK every year.
Black eyes and red marks, split lips and sore bruises; long sleeves to cover the wounds, and rehearsed stories to stop the questions. Told what to wear, where to go and who to talk to. Too scared to speak up, and too vulnerable to walk away. That’s what a victim looks like, right? Wrong. Anyone can find themselves in a domestic abuse situation, and that situation can look so different for each person. Domestic abuse comes in many forms including physical, sexual, psychological or financial, and can be carried out by a partner, ex-partner, family member, neighbour or any other personal relationship. It can happen to the most confident of people, the happiest people, people of any age, race, gender, wealth or lifestyle, and they can hide the extent of their situation for years.
2 women are killed each week and 30 men are killed each year as a result of domestic abuse.
Leeway is Norfolk’s largest independent specialist provider of domestic abuse support, offering free and confidential support to anyone who finds themselves in a vulnerable situation. Every year they support over 8600 adults and young people by offering a range of community services, all specifically designed to empower those who are experiencing domestic abuse and give them the confidence and strength they need to make independent choices about their life and their future. They run a 24-hour helpline run by trained workers who can offer confidential and non-judgemental advice, and operate five safe houses in various locations across Norfolk. They also have a Children and Young People service, dedicated to helping young people come to terms with their experiences through one-to-one support and group work, and a Male Victim Service staffed by specialist male victim workers.
Every minute police in the UK receive a call relating to some type of domestic abuse.
This is a cause incredibly close to our hearts and we really feel that by helping Leeway to empower the people they work with we are continuing to spread We Are Enough Co’s key message of strength and unity. With every sweatshirt sold we will be sending 10% of the profits straight to Leeway to help them continue to offer these amazing services and reach the people who need it most.
Here’s what we could help provide with your help:
£10 – could provide an activity pack and a toy for a child coming in to a refuge
£15 – could provide a starter pack for families, including toiletries and towels
£20 – could pay for a mobile phone which can be locked to an emergency number
£50 – could provide 2 hours phone line crisis support and advice
£100 – could enable 10 women to receive outreach support
If you are experiencing domestic abuse or have concerns about someone close to you then you can call Leeway’s 24-hour helpline for confidential advice on 0300 561 0077.