As a result of COVID-19 victims of domestic abuse are more at risk than ever. Crossroads Derbyshire has seen a rise in self-referrals and referrals from the police, with 40% more referrals than last year. Many of the families it supports have no local network of friends and family and may be self-isolating with children, with no access to food or medicines.
LandAid’s £8,908 grant will support families move into their own properties. In particular, Crossroads Derbyshire has worked with the local council to secure a property for one family. These funds will also provide items such as a cooker and beds for this property as well as cover additional staff hours to support young women who have moved into their own tenancies during lockdown.
Crossroads Derbyshire is a rural domestic abuse service based in the High Peak. It works with over 750 individuals each year to help them to escape domestic abuse and to build a safe future for themselves and their families. It was founded in 1979 and now supports women, men and children across the whole of the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.