Published Tuesday, 02 March 2021
As Lord Mayor of Coventry, I would like to thank all of the organisations and groups in the city for the work they have done to help victims of domestic abuse in recent months and during the pandemic.
We know it’s been a tough time for many people and we wouldn’t have the same chances to tackle domestic abuse and violence without the fantastic services and individuals that have continued to go above and beyond in helping to support those suffering to lead a life in which they feel safe.
Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought fresh worries about domestic abuse, with people being isolated from friends and loved ones, and with the extra pressures lockdown can bring to a troubled relationship.
However, the pandemic has also shown how we can come together as a caring city to work with different organisations and as communities. That is the way to tackle this problem, by doing what we do best in Coventry – working together as partners to make sure help is there for those who need it.
That is why I chose to launch a gofundme online appeal in December 2020 to help raise money and awareness, in the hope that I could support the work those groups and organisations on the frontline. For too many people, domestic abuse is part and parcel of their daily lives and it is present in all of our city’s communities. It is something we need to discuss and recognise.
Abuse can take many forms, from controlling and degrading behaviour to violence. It can affect anyone, and unfortunately, it can be hard to spot and difficult for the victims to come forward.
For many of us the pandemic has made it easy to look at all we are missing – the hug of a loved one or going about day to day activities and making plans for the future. For those of us that do have a home environment that is a safe and peaceful haven, let us instead be grateful and think of those who are suffering domestic abuse and violence.
Therefore, I would graciously ask that anyone that can spare even the smallest amount donate to my online appeal. This will go a long way in helping victims, groups in the city working to tackle the root causes of domestic abuse and to help perpetrators find ways to change their behaviour.
Once again I want to say thank you to the amazing groups and organisations in Coventry working tirelessly to help those suffering domestic abuse.
You can also donate to the Lord Mayor’s charity by sending a cheque payable to the ‘Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal’ to The Lord Mayor’s Office, Council House, Earl Street, Coventry CV1 5RR, or use the online payment system. Please make sure you select ‘Council and democracy’ and then ‘Lord Mayor’s donations’ from the drop-down list.
If you, or someone you know, is suffering through domestic abuse, you can find support on the Safe to Talk website. The Safe to Talk helpline is also available Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am – 1pm. For support call 0800 111 4998.