Support Hull Women’s Aid this White Ribbon Day

Published: Friday 24th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Tomorrow is White Ribbon Day, a worldwide movement to put a stop to male violence against women and girls.

According to Living Without Abuse, 1 in 4 women will be affected by domestic abuse at some point in their lifetimes. Unbelievably, two women are murdered each week in their own homes.

Hull Women’s Aid was founded in 1975 and provides crucial support to victims of all ages.

“We support women, children and young people who have experienced domestic violence,” explains Michelle Donnelly, Service Manager at HWA. “This is through safe accommodation, outreach support and floating support for these people.”

The charity offers a number of services for those who have encountered physical and emotional abuse: “We provide 24-access to a safe space away from domestic violence situations. HWA also runs a number of dispersed properties in the community, which can accommodate families that may struggle with the communal nature of the 24-hour centre.”

Meanwhile, their floating support service is for families who have stayed with HWA but are now ready to move into their own properties: “Our staff will support them during their integration back into the community,” Michelle tells us.

HWA also has an emergency helpline for those who seek support or advice on 01482 446099: “Women, children and victims of abuse can ring us on a round-the-clock basis.”

At this time of year, HWA welcomes donations of children’s toys, women’s toiletries and gifts to make any family who is staying with them over the festive period special.

“Although we accept secondhand items, we do encourage people to gift new toys and presents. We want to give children a positive experience at Christmas; something that they may not have had before,” Michelle maintains. “Anything like sweets, chocolates and other stocking fillers, we’d love to have.”

Early next year, HWA is hoping to open the doors to its first charity shop.

“We are currently having the space refurbished. But we will definitely need help in the future with donations of things to sell and also shop fixtures, such as rails and coathangers. We’re going to be approaching businesses and warehouses to help us out with this side of things.”

Whilst the White Ribbon Campaign and Hull Women’s Aid both focus on violence against women and children, it is important to remember that men are also affected by domestic violence, with reports of violence against males in the home increasing in the UK.

Neither of these causes belittles or denies that 1 in 6 men are affected by domestic abuse and both offer valuable resources to men who are suffering. For example, the Men’s Advice Line and Dad’s Space are valuable and life-changing resources.

Find out more about the White Ribbon Campaign and Hull Women’s Aid and support them any way you can.

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Published: Friday 24th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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