The Rotary Club of Chichester Harbour works in collaboration with the Social and Caring Services, Health professionals, Safe in Sussex, local housing associations, the Chichester Food Bank and other local charities, to support families in need and individuals and families escaping and surviving domestic abuse. We have noticed a 25% rise in requests for help from people surviving domestic abuse since the start of the Covid19 pandemic. As the current situation continues we anticipate a continued rise, the implications of which will extend for many many months, long after the 'new normal' returns. As a direct result of the 'lock in' we have been unable to run our own fundraising events and our ability to respond has been drastically reduced. We desperately need to raise funds to continue our work and we believe that our community would and should seek to support those families and individuals who are really struggling to survive.
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Why it's a great idea:
Living with and subsequently surviving domestic abuse leaves adults and children traumatized. Trust in people is often destroyed and fear, depression and feelings of being alone and damaged can haunt their lives. It has been reported to us that by having their immediate material needs met, the transition to a new life in a new area, has felt a little more secure. Knowing that strangers care can help to promote recovery and healing.
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