Niki Scordi, said that domestic abuse takes many forms, including emotional, psychological or financial manipulation which makes it a complex issue to tackle.
“Isolation is a key part, stopping a woman from seeing family and friends, from leaving the house or having access to money, to a phone or food, or threatening the children.
“The lockdown that keeps us in the home means women and children are more isolated than ever. It gives the abuser the perfect environment to control her, increasing the risk of harming her and the children, often behind closed doors.”
She added: “We’ve had situations where women have left, but they are in debt and struggling to keep a roof over their head. There are a lot of people who are hungry.
“The risk is that they feel like they have no choice but to go back. We’re making sure that people have access to food with The Felix Project and food banks.”
Advance have launched the #IAmWithHer campaign to highlight the various forms of domestic abuse using the real life stories of women Advance works with, portrayed by actors.
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