Northumbria Historical Soc is supporting Newcastle Women's Aid
1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse
Newcastle Women's Aid is a charity set up in 1975 to help survivors of domestic abuse. They provide a range of specialist domestic abuse services such as refuge accommodation, outreach support and children and young people's support.
According to their website, 1 in 4 women in England and Wales will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, and 20% of children in the UK will have been exposed to domestic abuse. In Newcastle alone, there are typically 5,300 domestic violence instances reported to the police every year. This charity works to help get women and their children out of these situations and to support them after this.
A lot of women do not realise that they are experiencing abuse in their relationships. Domestic Abuse can be anything from physical abuse, mental abuse (e.g. constant derogatory comments), financial abuse (e.g. when their partner controls their finances, and they're not allowed to spend their own money) and much more. In a video made for NWA, a female survivor states that she thought the abuse she experienced was just "normal behaviour". Sandra, the chair of NWA says a lot of women feel like a failure and they feel ashamed of people's reactions which makes them less likely to speak out or tell other people about what they are going through.
If you think you are experiencing domestic abuse in Newcastle upon Tyne, you can contact Newcastle Women's Aid by phone, by email or by visiting their main city centre base. Other such places include The Safe Project, which provides specialist support for victims and survivors of honour-based abuse and forced marriages; Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland, and the Newcastle Integrated Domestic Abuse Services (NIDAS).
In honour of International Women's Day, the Northumbria Uni Historical Society is holding a charity fundraiser pub quiz to raise money for Newcastle Women's Aid. It will be held on the 8th March at Trent House in Newcastle City Centre. It will be £2 pp to enter the quiz and then 50p per raffle ticket, with prizes still to be announced. All proceeds will go to the NWA.
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