2013 marks a very special year as the Refuge will have been opening its doors to assist women and their children affected by domestic abuse for 25 years on the 3rd of October.
In October 1988 the doors opened for the very first time, following the campaigning and involvement of the Soroptomist’s International of Jersey group, along with the founder of the Refuge, Rozelle Sutherland, who was the Chairman of Soroptimists at the time and who is still the Refuge Chairperson to date. At this point the Refuge received no public funding. The statistics held in the early days soon proved that the issue was far greater than the professionals and the public were aware and the need to secure funding was evident. Today the Refuge does receive a grant from the States of Jersey, however, the Refuge needs to raise in the region of £180,000 annually to continue to operate its core services.
A series of events have been planned to mark the 25th Anniversary, with the aim of enhancing awareness of the issues faced by women who experience domestic abuse and to address social attitudes towards respectful relationships. The JWR Shero challenge is a team of three women who have pledged to undertake a monthly challenge that will highlight some of the difficulties that victims of domestic abuse face, in order to raise awareness into the dynamics and consequences of domestic abuse.
Domestic Violence is any form of physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse which is used to gain power and control over the other person in an intimate relationship.
Women often say emotional abuse is worse than physical abuse as it leaves no visible scars, is difficult to prove and can be very damaging.
Children living with domestic violence can also suffer in a variety of ways; either by witnessing violence itself, by being used as emotional pawns or indirectly by the stress suffered by their mother.
Asking for help and making the first step is always difficult. Referrals from another agency you may have confided in are not necessary. All calls are confidential. There will always be help and support available on the other end of the phone.
Calls made from a land line to our Freephone number listed at the bottom of each page will not appear on a phone bill or be charged.
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