Homelessness doesn’t take a break, especially during the winter.
For our Winter appeal we want to raise awareness of the reason why the people we support have fallen into difficult circumstances. These can include domestic abuse, mental health issues, family breakdown, childhood trauma and addiction
We are very grateful to AgencyUK, who have produced a short animation to help us generate vital donations this year. It demonstrates a common story in which financial struggles and problems at home can all too easily see someone fall into homelessness. You can watch it here:
There are many issues which can lead to homelessness and addressing these complex issues, even at the best of times, is a challenge.
Please help us to continue the vital work we are doing to rebuild lives by donating to our Winter appeal:
Domestic abuse is just one of the big issues which impact upon the people who we support, but there is no one size fits all solution to address them.
Those affected by domestic abuse are often manipulated to believe they are fault for provoking a partner’s violence. They are coerced into thinking that it’s OK to not be allowed to mix with other family members and dear friends. Or they can’t leave because a joint mortgage will stop them having access to a refuge.
“My husband was very controlling and I suffered thirty-one years of abuse in my marriage. He controlled all my finances, wouldn’t let me work, isolated me from family and friends, undermined and threatened me.” ~ Emma
Emma got the support she needed at the Julian House refuge, just one of a range of services we offer to those experiencing domestic abuse. Furthermore, we’ve helped many more women, like Emma, to rebuild their lives.
Julian House has a long track record of achieving amazing outcomes for those who seek our support.
In addition to safe refuge accommodation, we run the Freedom programme, which promotes positive changes and recovery for women and their children in a supportive environment. This is a rolling 12 week course we run three times per year for women who have experienced domestic abuse.
We also run a Children and Young People (CYP) service, where we offer practical and emotional support, information, and education for CYP who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. We also work with local schools to raise awareness of the issues children and young people face around domestic abuse. In addition, we and support school staff to educate students about healthy relationships.
The last few years have made things much harder for our clients and for Julian House. We’re concerned that the challenges which make things so difficult look like they are going to continue in 2023.