Shelter’s Breaking the Cycle programme is a specialist service available to those receiving ongoing support from a partner organisation such as Advance.
Women fleeing domestic abuse or leaving custody, often face homelessness and economic exclusion as a consequence. Not having a fixed address can prevent you opening a bank account. Not having a bank account can prevent you applying for benefits, getting employment, and paying rent. Without the Breaking the Cycle programme, women being released from custody or fleeing a home where they aren’t safe could be without any income for six months – making homelessness a very real threat.
Lianne Vuong, Advance’s West London Service Manager, said:
The Shelter scheme launched in June and has since helped 4500 take control of their finances and rebuild their lives. More than 300 local and national organisations use the scheme to support their clients including St Mungo’s Shelter and Crisis – and now Advance.
Clients are currently accessing the Breaking the Cycle scheme through selected HSBC branches, including Finsbury Park, Wimbledon, Richmond, Stratford, Ilford, Paddington, Putney, and Palmer’s Green, in London. It is hoped that other financial institutions will partner the scheme in the future.
Rob Bloomer, Break the Cycle Relationship Manager with Shelter, said:
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- Advance’s vision is a world in which women and children lead safe, equal, violence-free lives so that they can flourish and actively contribute to society. The charity works with women who experience domestic abuse to be safe and take control of their lives, and women who have committed crime or are at risk of offending to break the cycle.
- Women must be referred to Advance, via statutory services or the charity’s self-referral scheme. For more information about who Advance is able to support, please visit Get Help
- For facts and statistics about domestic abuse and women in the criminal justice system, as well as Advance’s work, please visit Our Impact