Help women secure safety from domestic abuse during the pandemic

by Rights of Women

Help women secure safety from domestic abuse during the pandemic

by Rights of Women
Rights of Women
Case Owner
Rights of Women is a frontline women’s rights charity that provides free specialist legal advice to women experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence, across England and Wales.
Funded
on 08th March 2021
£19,075
pledged of £20,000 stretch target from 623 pledges
Rights of Women
Case Owner
Rights of Women is a frontline women’s rights charity that provides free specialist legal advice to women experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence, across England and Wales.

Latest: April 1, 2021

We've got 5 days left to reach our stretch target! Will you help?

Dear Supporters,


Together, we’ve raised over £16,000 to help women experiencing domestic abuse during the pandemic. 


Your messages of support and solidarity have inspired and enco…

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Rights of Women is a frontline women’s rights charity that provides free specialist legal advice to women, across England and Wales, experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence to help keep themselves and their children safe.

Domestic abuse increased by up to 50% during the first lockdown*. Demand for our services is at a record high.

The domestic abuse crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has made women increasingly vulnerable to violence and abuse as perpetrators can close the curtains on potential onlookers in the outside world and shut the door on life-saving support for their victims. 

We have heard from many women experiencing domestic abuse whose abusers have taken advantage of social-distancing measures so the abuse can go unnoticed and the abuser can evade justice: “The isolation is so extreme.”

At the start of lockdown, we saw a 200% surge in the demand for our online support as more and more women reached out to remote services as their only safe routes to get help whilst trapped at home with their abuser. The demand for our helpline advice has been constantly increasing since then. 

Our Story

Rights of Women's small team of helpline staff and volunteers support over 2,500 survivors each year - women experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence, many of whom need support to keep themselves and their children safe - and our website provides impartial expert advice to 500,000 visitors annually.

For many of these women, our services are a lifeline: 

"You saved my life.”

“I don't know what women in my situation would do if you did not exist."

“I was assaulted as a child. I felt powerless to confront my abuser, then, but not this time. I called Rights of Women and they gave me reassurance and believed me, I will never forget the calls. Most of the people I went to for help or support didn’t want to hear my story. Whereas their lawyers would spend an hour on the phone with me, they were amazing. I didn’t want to live at one point, they made me feel strong again.”

But there are many more women out there who desperately need our support.

Domestic abuse is an epidemic in England and Wales, and the pandemic has enabled it to reach tipping point. Now, more than ever, we need your support to help meet the demand for our services and provide a lifeline for survivors.

How you can help 

Please make a donation (any amount helps!) and share this page with friends and family via social media, WhatsApp and email.

With your donation we can:

  • Give more women lifesaving legal advice

  • Help women understand their legal rights so they can make informed choices

  • Campaign for stronger legal protections

Every donation makes a difference

  • £10 helps a woman experiencing domestic abuse to access our specialist legal advice lines

  • £50 helps to keep a specialist legal advice line open for one hour of life-changing advice

  • £100 helps to give specialist legal advice to up to three women experiencing domestic abuse**

* Crimestoppers, December 2020.   

** Estimates based on data collected from our Family and Criminal Law advice lines 2019-20.



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Update 2

Rights of Women

April 1, 2021

We've got 5 days left to reach our stretch target! Will you help?

Dear Supporters,


Together, we’ve raised over £16,000 to help women experiencing domestic abuse during the pandemic. 


Your messages of support and solidarity have inspired and encouraged us, and we wanted to share some with you:


“My mother and I suffered domestic abuse 65 years ago from my step father. I have never forgotten and never will. Please keep up the good work.”


“The work you do is amazing - it is a tragedy that it is necessary - but thank goodness you are there to help”.


“I'm 68 and feel like I've been out marching on the streets for most of my life. It is devastating and depressing that we're still having to fight the same battles over and over again. We can't give up. We have to keep those banners flying and the pressure on.”


We have just 5 days left to reach our stretch target of £20,000. Will you help?


Help us reach our stretch target, and support many more women in need, by sharing our Crowd Justice fundraiser with your friends and family.


As long as domestic abuse exists, so will we. But we need your help. Thank you so much in advance for continuing challenge domestic abuse with us.


With thanks,


Jessye at Rights of Women

Update 1

Rights of Women

March 12, 2021

We reached our first target but we still need your help!

Hello,

Thanks to you, we raised over £10,000 on International Women's Day for women in desperate need of legal advice. 

We have been overwhelmed by the support we've received and on behalf of the women we help, we wanted to thank you, it all makes a difference. 

Domestic abuse affects the lives of 1 in every 4 women. We know domestic abuse will have touched the lives of many of you who have donated to our cause, so I wanted to acknowledge this and say we are here to help if you need support and legal advice. Visit our website for more information. 

Help us reach our stretch target, and support many more women in need, by sharing our Crowd Justice fundraiser with your friends and family. You can:

On behalf of the women we help, and the rest of the team at Rights of Women, thank you so much in advance for continuing challenge domestic abuse with us.

With thanks,

Estelle, Director at Rights of Women

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