The Big Give will help RISE provide women-centered counselling sessions, assertive outreach, recovery groups and peer support. Women survivors of domestic violence and abuse and their children will be helped through their recovery journey moving on to be safer, more confident and able to thrive.
RISE is the only local specialist, women-led provider of domestic abuse services (set up for 27 years). Research (Walby and Towers, 2018) finds that 91% of domestic violent crimes that cause injuries are against women. Women experience higher rates of repeated victimisation and are more likely to be seriously hurt or killed than men. Last year RISE supported 3000+ women and families with the pandemic resulting in more women being trapped in abuse which increased the urgency for RISE services.
By building on our women-centered approach with survivors of domestic abuse recognising that women's inequality is both a cause and consequence of violence and abuse and that layers of oppression such as racism and disability further compound this inequality. Alongside our helpline and specialist casework we will create survivor centered, accessible (for disabled women) therapeutic and well-being groups and peer-support (Remote and face-to-face) staffed by trauma-focused DVA experts.