14 May 2020
Studies show there has been a rise in domestic violence since the beginning of lockdown. Coronavirus has led to increased isolation for all, making things much worse for victims and their children who may no longer be able to access the usual routes of support. Domestic violence is often regarded as something that happens 'behind closed doors', but now more than ever it's important that we give it the public scrutiny and support that victims deserve.
Organisations like Black Country Women's Aid and IRIS are still open and supporting victims with their vital services. The specialist support, counselling, training and advice they provide is more important and in-demand than ever.
To ensure women can access their services for the support they need to overcome the trauma of violence, rape and exploitation, Black Country Women’s Aid have set up the Heart-to-Heart campaign. The campaign encourages people to knit purple hearts, the symbol of domestic abuse awareness month. All participants will receive an information pack with a pattern provided by the Knit and Natter group at Riverside in Sandwell to get started. Every donation made goes towards ensuring a vulnerable person receives the specialist support they need from the Black Country Women's Aid team, including counselling sessions, refuge support and essential packs of food and supplies. You can donate here.
The hearts will be used in Black Country Women's Aid 'Go Purple' campaign later this year. The colour purple symbolises Domestic Awareness Month and it is worn to raise awareness and show survivors that we care.
For more information about how you can support Black Country Women's Aid and how donations are used to help those in need, visit the BCWA Support page.