Why do we do what we do?

As we get ready for FLAG DV’s official launch in October 2013 and the start of our free legal advice surgeries for domestic violence, we have been reflecting on our reasons for setting up this new charity.

Perhaps these reasons explain why we have received so much support from so many people for which we are truly grateful.

West Berkshire is Nice ….

According to the Halifax Quality of Life Survey, West Berkshire is the 20th best rural place to live in the UK. According to the district profile it suffers from very low levels of deprivation being in the bottom eighth of areas in England.

…. but

The thing about domestic violence and abuse is that it is pervasive in all communities including West Berkshire. Research suggests that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experience domestic abuse during their lifetime.

Similarly around 12% women and up to 8% men experience abuse in every year.

We estimate that there are up to 6000 people experiencing domestic abuse each year in West Berkshire.

Domestic abuse is rarely a one off.

Many people who experience abuse do so many times over. Domestic violence and abuse results in the deaths of around 100 women and 20 men per year.

Often children are bereaved in horrific circumstances when this occurs. In a recent Channel 4 programme “Murder Workers” the wonderful work of victim support was highlighted as was the horror of domestic homicide.

In the programme five-year-old Maisie started to talk about what she had seen. She took the family photographs and in each one with her father she covered his face

All the pictures with Mum — they’re my favourites,’ she said. ‘But not with Dad. Because he killed Mum.

It’s simple really why we do what we do.

If we empower people through the work we do, we can promote choice and improve safety.

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