Hestia

Therapeutic support for child victims of abuse

Almost 50% of millenials grew up with domestic abuse. Of this group, 70% experienced depression, anxiety and event PTSD in adulthood. Every day Hestia supports up to 200 children affected by domestic abuse. Your support will help children to receive the emotional support they need while in our care.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (294555)

Campaign target

£20,000

Amount raised

£20,422

Donations

70

Championed by The Childhood Trust CC19

  • "When we arrived at the refuge, the staff were concerned about our mental well-being. I knew I was struggling, but I was apprehensive about talking to anyone about it. I struggled with suicidal thoughts and didn’t feel like I could be here. It was a dark time..."

    — Louise, survivor of domestic abuse

Situation

Children have long been forgotten as victims of domestic abuse. Our research reveals the urgent need for specialist support for children as the long-term impact of domestic abuse can otherwise negatively their lives. Many arrive at our domestic abuse refuges very withdrawn with some exhibiting behavioural difficulties following the abuse they have experienced and witnessed. Almost 60% of these children will go on to develop a mental health issue as a result of this abuse.

Solution

Your support would allow us pay for therapy to support these children. By removing the common nine month waiting list to see a therapist, giving children immediate therapeutic support would prevent them developing anxiety, depression and even PTSD in later life and break the cycle of abuse.