Counseling/therapy for victims of domestic abuse – UK

Charity:
Acorns

Offering a range of services to support families affected by domestic abuse in North Tyneside and Northumberland

Country

UK

Start Year:

2021

Run Time:

1

Participant Age:

All

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What is Co-Funding?

Co-funding with the ALMT allows individuals, other Trusts and Foundations, and Companies to contribute funds directly to individual, vetted and approved, project partnerships. With fifteen years of experience awarding grants and working in partnership with children’s organisations around the world, the ALMT is best placed to support you in your philanthropy.

Working with Acorns, the ALMT is pleased to support children and families affected by domestic abuse. Funding will enable Acorns to employ a counsellor/ play therapist in Northumberland and increase the capacity of the existing service so that waiting times are reduced.

 

Due to effect of the pandemic on children and families, at present Acorns is experiencing record numbers of referrals across all services and the majority of cases have high levels of clinical need. There are currently 84 children on their waiting list in Northumberland which could mean a 12 month wait before being seen. Having a further worker will enable Acorns to reduce waiting times by 30% and see children in the same family in tandem therefore stopping parents having to choose which child is seen first. Life remains particularly hard for vulnerable children in current times, and abuse lasts 25% longer on average in more rural areas.

 

Children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse may have a lowered sense of self-worth and show lack of confidence and low self-esteem. They may experience feelings of guilt, insecurity, powerlessness, and fear, be socially isolated and more likely to suffer from depression. The current pandemic has exacerbated the challenges these children face making this role in Northumberland even more important.

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