Christmas is traditionally a joyful time when families come together to celebrate, but for victims of domestic abuse it can be the worst time of the year.
The Southern Domestic Abuse Service provides refuge accommodation and outreach services for women, children and men who have experienced in the past, or still experiencing domestic abuse. This charity is a safe haven for people who do not have any other options for when their families break down, especially during the Christmas period where they have do not have any others to turn to.
They have also launched an appeal for gifts for those who would not receive anything this Christmas.
The charity’s chief executive, Claire Chatwin, stated: “Domestic abuse can affect people of any age, gender, race, sexuality, wealth and geography, every day of the year…and it does not take time off at Christmas and for thousands of families who are living in the grip of violence, it is a day like any other.”
Slimming World groups across the area and Portsmouth and Gosport Fibromyalgia Group have begun the campaign by donating gifts and selection boxes for the families in refuges and the wider community.
Claire also mentioned “It is often not only adults who suffer because of violent partners during this time. For children living in a home where there is violence, Christmas is not a time of celebration, but one of terror, as the family is together for an extended period of time.”
In 90% of domestic violence cases, children are in the same or next room so inevitably witness the violence. Around half of domestic violence situations, the children are directly abused themselves.
The charity continue to request any help in the form of gifts, vouchers and financial donation and have said that a gift will be bought on your behalf by the charity itself.
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