· During the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, there was generally an increase in demand for domestic abuse victim support services, including a 65% increase in calls and contacts logged by the National Domestic Abuse Helpline between April and June 2020.
· According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) year ending March 2020, an estimated 5.5% of adults aged 16 to 74 years (2.3 million people) experienced domestic abuse in 2019. The police also recorded a total of 1,288,018 domestic abuse-related incidents and crimes in England and Wales.
· Increases in demand for domestic abuse support were particularly noticeable following the easing of lockdown measures, such as a 12% increase in the number of domestic abuse cases handled by Victim Support in the week lockdown restrictions were eased.
· According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) about 4.2% of men and 7.9% of women suffered domestic abuse in England and Wales during 2018. This equates to about 685,000 male victims and 1,300,000 women.
· Previous statistics have shown that on average 2 women are murdered every week and 30 men are murdered every year due to domestic violence. 16% of violent crime is domestic abuse though domestic abuse is least likely to be reported to the police.
· Until March 2020, the Crime Survey for England and Wales showed that an estimated 2.3 million adults aged 16 to 74 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year (1.6 million women and 757,000 men).
A staggering 1 in 5 people are living in poverty here in the UK
Struggling to pay their bills, find work and hold a roof over their heads; life is incredibly challenging for the deprived people in the UK. In recent years, we’ve seen how families are battling food poverty, increasing numbers of people are sleeping rough and refugee and asylum-seeking communities continue to face uphill struggles. We believe that everyone has the right to education, food and a source of income. That’s why we’re working across the UK to support vulnerable individuals and communities in need and to empower lives.
Homeless on the increase
As lockdown eases and we all adjust to the new normal, it’s more important than ever to have a safe place to call home. But for so many, from the people stuck living in unsafe conditions putting their loved ones at risk to those with no choice but to sleep on the streets, that just isn’t reality. Our team in the UK continue to work tirelessly to answer the increasing number of calls we’re receiving from people in need of our help. And they’ve seen it all – from children forced to live away from their parents due to their poor housing to people sleeping in tents and cars because there’s just nowhere else to go. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Join the fight against homelessness and help us be there for everyone who needs our help. Help us provide blankets for just £10 and hot meals to the homeless from just £1.
Since the Covid-19 crisis started, Benefit Mankind have continuously delivered emergency food supplies and PPE kits, we were the first charity to setup an emergency helpline which witnessed thousands of calls during lockdown period, this was all provided with your generous support. £10 will help us provide a food pack to struggling families. In 12 months we delivered over 40,000 food packs here in Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
We will also be working closely with Cancer Specialist hospitals in England to help support patients, again your support will help us benefit many here locally when they need help the most. There are an estimated 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK, rising to 4 million by 2030 according to statistics. Donate any amount to help us provide the treatment when it matters.
We have identified many students here in the UK who are struggling for food and basic necessities, with this in mind we appeal to you to help us with School Meal Support for just £2. At the same time we have had many requests to help students who are boarding and struggle to pay fees, to sponsor a child it costs £2,200 for the whole year and reports for the child will be provided.