Christmas gift boost for domestic abuse victims

Generous council staff have donated dozens of gifts to distribute to victims of domestic abuse this Christmas.

Staff from North East Derbyshire District Council, Bolsover District Council and Rykneld Homes work with other agencies to support families and individuals whose homes and lives have been blighted by this form of emotional and physical abuse and Christmas time can be an especially challenging time for many.

By donating these gifts, staff hope to send a message of hope to those individuals and families: that their suffering is noticed, that people in the communities around them do care and most of all that there are agencies who can help them to overcome the difficulties they are facing.

Whitwell Cricket Club also played its part by co-ordinating the collection of gifts from the Whitwell community.

Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, said: “For most of us, Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, filled with joy and celebration. But we know that for many others, this will simply not be the case.

“I’m therefore delighted we are able to donate these Christmas gifts to help bring a little festive cheer and let people know they are not alone.”

Bolsover District Council Leader, Councillor Steve Fritchley, said: “We are judged by our ability to care for the vulnerable in society and I am delighted that our staff and Whitwell Cricket Club have supported this campaign and provided so many gifts for those in need.”

Research suggests that as many as one in four women* and one in six men** experience domestic abuse at some point in their life and yet many victims or survivors do not even feel able to share their predicament with the colleagues, friends or family around them.

Sometimes this is because of fear of reprisals if they disclose or even simply a sense of shame or self-blame.

Some have to flee their homes, leaving behind precious or essential personal belongings.

Many feel isolated or vulnerable and without basic support.

  • If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic abuse and you need advice or help, Derbyshire County Council’s emergency telephone number is 0800 198 668.

Pictured (from left): Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council with Council Solicitor Deborah Cartwright, who organised the collection of gifts.

Pictured (from left): Council Solicitor Deborah Cartwright, Cllr Steve Fritchley, Leader of Bolsover District Council with Cllr Mary Dooley, Cabinet Member for Customer Services at Bolsover District Council with the collection of gifts.

Statistics from Refuge* and Living Without Abuse** charities.

6 December 2019