Posted on 25 November 2022
Friday 25 November is White Ribbon Day, an international day to raise awareness of violence against women and girls. This is followed by 16 Days of Action, where people in communities, organisations and workplaces come together, and say ‘No’ to domestic abuse.
Almost one in three women aged 16-59 will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. Two women a week are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales alone. Domestic abuse has a devastating impact on victims, survivors and their families.
This year’s White Ribbon Day falls at the same time as the FIFA Men’s World Cup. #TheGoal identifies 11 traits men and boys can nurture to become better allies - one for each player on a football team. The traits focus on characteristics that we can incorporate into our daily lives in support of women and girls and include resilience, empathy and support.
We want to mark this year’s White Ribbon Day by announcing that Hyde Foundation has doubled the funding for our Domestic Abuse Fund. The extra funding is thanks to social value donations from our supply chain - SCCI Alphatrack and Grafton Buildbase.
Our Domestic Abuse Fund is designed to support customers who disclose that they’re experiencing domestic abuse or are dealing with the ongoing effects of it. Our frontline teams can apply for grants that can be used to pay for:
- Keeping our customer safe from their abuser – this can include help with changing phone numbers, accessing restraining orders and covering other similar costs
- Accessing help and support services
- Supporting our customer to leave their home – this could include (but is not limited to) hiring a removals firm, providing emergency accommodation, providing clothing for those who have fled with no possessions
- Food and personal hygiene items.
Lucy Norgate, our Charitable Trust and Fundraising Manager said: “I’m delighted that we’re able to support customers in desperate circumstances. This extra funding demonstrates how vital it is and how it can literally change lives.
“The flexibility of this grant allows us to respond swiftly to the needs of customers who are suffering because of domestic abuse. Since November 2020, we’ve already awarded £50,000 of domestic abuse grants and we’re really happy to be able to continue this support through donations to the fund. The funding will help improve the lives of victims and their families, helping to provide brighter, safer futures. So, whether you’re a football fan or not, we want everybody – colleagues and customers - to feel supported.”
Find out more about White Ribbon Day.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic abuse you can access help and support from the National Domestic Violence Helpline, Women’s Aid and Refuge on 0808 2000 247.
If you or others are in immediate danger, phone the police on 999.