As a service, we made the decision not to share or make comment on a recent video made by boxer, Billy Joe Saunders, on our social media. Not because we wanted to hide it, but because we didn’t want to give him the publicity, nor give anyone else an opportunity to use it as a twisted instruction manual. Now however, his license has been suspended by the British Boxing Board and there have been consequences to his frankly appalling and dangerous actions, we feel we want to address it.
Safety Planning and COVID-19
During this worrying time, we need to remember that staying at home is not the safest place to be for everybody. An increase in domestic abuse incidents is sadly inevitable due to increased time with a person causing harm, more emotional and financial stress, less support from friends & family and an increased risk of debilitating illness. Where families have already separated and the perpetrator is homeless, there is an increased likelihood that they will use the situation to attempt to regain access to the family home. We have produced some basic safety advice for anyone living in an abusive household and having to spend increased time with their perpetrator (see below).
There are two mobile phone apps that may help to provide some reassurance and advice during this time:-
Hollie Guard App is a free app - https://hollieguard.com/
Brightsky App – is available in English, Urdu, Punjabi & Polish and is a free app - https://www.hestia.org/brightsky
Support and advice from The Wish Centre continues to be available as normal via telephone and email – 01254 260465 or firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have your IDVA or Case Worker’s mobile phone number please continue to use it as normal. All your normal contacts are still available via their email. Our refuge provisions are operating as normal.
Groups are no longer taking place and we ask you not to attend at the Centre without a pre-booked appointment.