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Apr 22, 2020

Crowdfunder launched for domestic abuse and sexual violence victims during coronavirus crisis

Bradford-based domestic and sexual abuse charity Staying Put has launched a crowdfunder to raise emergency funds for survivors.

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Reports suggest domestic abuse cases are rising during the coronavirus lockdown; the homicide rate has doubled. Staying Put is expecting a potential surge in demand for its services when restrictions are lifted.

The crowdfunder has been set up at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/staying-put

Yasmin Khan, CEO of Staying Put, said: “Staying Put's Emergency Fund is currently very low, and we do not have the funds that are needed to keep up with the demand. We need your help. By donating to our Emergency Fund you can support domestic and sexual abuse survivors in a number of ways.

“Just £5 buys someone who is suffering from domestic violence a new SIM card so they can keep themselves safe and call for help. Some of the people we work with have never had access to their own phone before.

“£10 buys soap, hand sanitiser, paracetamol and cleaning products to help a family in the fight against COVID-19. £35 pays for a family to flee their home where they are experiencing domestic violence and takes them to the refuge.

“£50 buys emergency food for a family fleeing domestic abuse to be delivered at this time through online deliveries, and £60 pays for an emergency hotel room for families in danger.

“We know many people are struggling to cope during the crisis, by donating even just a small amount you will be helping the most vulnerable in our society.”

The Staying Put Freephone helpline is still open, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, on 0808 2800 999.

The National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline is open 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.

Anyone who feels they, or another member of the family, are in immediate danger should call the police on 999.

Affordable Legal Services @ Staying Put is also still operational – anyone in need of expert, specialist legal advice can call the Freephone number 0800 077 3065 or email alsenquiries@als-sp.co.uk

Victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse can be male or female, although the majority of victims are female and the majority of perpetrators are male. Domestic abuse affects one woman in four at some point in her lifetime and it kills two women every week in the UK.

For more information on the services provided by Staying Put, go to www.stayingput.uk.net