Since lockdown began, charities raised fears that it would give opportunities for people who are already abusing to control and coerce women and children in their homes to a greater degree.
Victims have lost access to time away from abusive situation through school, family or work – meaning support is more vital now than ever.
Moray Women’s Aid is the largest provider of support services to women and children experiencing domestic abuse or violence throughout rural Moray.
Services include provision of safe accommodation both at Marleon House and within the community, community support, professional counselling and drop in centres.
Thanks to the Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund, they have received £3,125 – and already helped save one family from abuse.
A spokeswoman from the charity said: “Thanks to this essential support from Foundation Scotland we have been able to purchase of communication devices so the charity can continue to provide vital support to women and children during this difficult period.
“We have also been able to provide financial help through food and fuel vouchers as we know that many of those we support are experiencing additional financial difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The organisation recently supported a young family who left an abusive relationship and had no access to money to buy food or pay for gas and electricity, this essential funding has significantly reduced the likelihood of them returning to the family home”.
To contact Moray Women’s Aid call 01343 548565 or e-mail email@example.com.
The helpline is open 9am-11pm Monday to Friday and 5pm-11pm Saturday and Sunday.