A report published by the Office for National Statistics shone a spotlight on domestic abuse and how it surged during lockdown – here’s how you can support your local domestic abuse service.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been increased demand for domestic abuse victim services, especially use of helpline services while other vital help and support has been impossible to access, such as the ability to leave the home or attend counselling.
“I suffered horrendous abuse and violence at the hands of my perpetrator and spent the first half of lockdown in a refuge. Without RISE I wouldn’t be here today.” – RISE service user
RISE, Brighton’s domestic abuse charity, has consistently received over three times the number of calls to its helpline than before lockdown. Although there was a marked increase of reported abuse cases over the course of lockdown, this also follows a gradual increase in domestic abuse-related offences over recent years, illustrating how vital services for survivors continue to be. This year, RISE is pulling out all the stops to hold its annual fundraising event: its signature 8K Undercliff Run for Women. This will be welcome news for runners, who have seen most mass participation events cancelled since the government announced the national lockdown in March last year. In fact, RISE is confident that the race, taking place on Sunday 3rd October between Saltdean to Brighton Marina and back, will be one of the City’s first post-covid events! With only 500 places available it is expected to sell out, so don’t miss out!
RISE has been closely following the advice of Public Health England and Run Britain and United Kingdom Athletics to ensure the event will be Covid safe, including social distancing onsite, volunteer PPE, and a pulsed start of five runners at a time. For more information about entering and the safety measures in place, visit RISE 8K Marcella James, a service user of RISE, told us “I suffered horrendous abuse and violence at the hands of my perpetrator and spent the first half of lockdown in a refuge. Without RISE I wouldn’t be here today, so it’s brilliant news that the 8K Undercliff Run for Women is going ahead this year, to raise money for their vital service.”