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Sponsor a woman or child this Christmas

The Aoibhneas team support women and children victims and survivors of domestic abuse using the principles of empowerment and self-help, this year with your help we would like to put the power back in women’s hands whereby they are enabled to buy what they want and need for their children. The concept while simple, carries significant meaning for women who have not had the financial means or freedom to exercise choice over what they buy for their family. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt by many, but can you imagine what women and children experiencing domestic abuse endured having to remain during the lockdown in their home?

How you can help

The home may have been a place to retreat to from the virus but for victims of abuse being asked to stay home meant situations became increasingly unsafe, with violence in homes becoming more frequent, more severe and more dangerous. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have seen an unprecedented rise in the number of women and children experiencing domestic abuse and attempting to reach out and engage in our service. Women and children experiencing domestic abuse have fallen casualty not just to abuse but the suffering linked to their entrapment in the home with their abuser and the disconnection and isolation from vital supports and networks often considered lifelines. We know as we approach the festive period women face the additional challenge of resourcing Christmas.

With funds raised through our appeal we hope to put the power back in women’s hands whereby they will be enabled using the vouchers gifted to them to buy their children gifts and other essential items like food, clothing and toiletries. We ask for your assistance in whatever way you can provide it, no donation is too small, as every gift makes a big difference in someone’s life.

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Other ways you can help

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Round up friends, family and colleagues and feel the warm virtual glow of some festive fundraising.

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