The Salford survivor project is struggling more than ever to help victims of domestic abuse this Christmas.
This is due to a rapid rise in victims of domestic abuse during lockdown.
The service holds their annual Christmas appeal to provide vulnerable families of abuse with a large range of gifts, ranging from toys to necessities, but this strain on the service means some families who depend on it may have to go without.
Jane Broome, founder of the project has said that they have gone into ‘recent panic,’ with the appeal.
She said: “We are struggling to provide enough gifts for the increasing rise in vulnerable families. With the worry of covid-19, people don’t want to come out to gift objects either. It is a matter of concern both financially and with everyone’s safety.”
According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales year ending March 2020, an estimated 5.5% of adults aged 16 to 74 years (2.3 million people) experienced domestic abuse in the last year. With the number of children being aided from the appeal almost doubling from 40, It doesn’t look like these statistics will level out any time soon.
The stress of the approaching festive season and the ongoing pandemic caused an early call for help from the project with the appeal in late October, almost one month earlier than usual in an attempt to secure some happiness for the families this Christmas.
If you can spare a donation this Christmas, you can find more details here.
Please donate if you can we are struggling this Christmas moret than ever