I am raising money for Safer Places, to help them provide life-saving and life-changing services to women and children who are survivors of Domestic Abuse. Since the pandemic Domestic Abuse has risen by 7% resulting in an increase in demand for services such as Safer Places. The latest figures from the Home Office reveal that 12,505 domestic abuse-related offences were recorded in Herts in 2019/20 - 15 per cent of all crimes recorded by police in the county that year.

Any amount of donation would really help safer places continue to do the incredible work they do in supporting women and children.

A bit about Safer Places:
Safer Places (formerly known as Harlow Women’s Aid) has over 40 years’ experience in delivering holistic support services to adult and child survivors of Domestic Abuse across Essex and Hertfordshire. Over the years we have grown and adapted our services to meet the needs of the communities we serve.

Domestic abuse has both a devastating and radiating impact and affects the survivor and their families, friends, colleagues and communities. Our team take a non-judgemental and respectful approach to their work and we will do all that we can to ensure that everyone who needs our services can use them, how they want to, when they want to, and where they want to. Domestic abuse does not discriminate and happens in every community. We are proud to work inclusively with anyone who has experienced abuse and our services are designed to reach everyone impacted by abuse. To do this we offer a range of services and work collaboratively with our partners in a range of venues. Olivia Melvin