Covid-19 and domestic abuse: Fellows’ case studies

Nicola Sharp-Jeffs (above) has been supporting victims of economic abuse during lockdown via her charity, Surviving Economic Abuse

Churchill Fellows are taking action against Covid-19 in a multitude of crucial areas, including working on measures to support victims of domestic abuse. Here are their latest activities and insights.

Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan: emergency support

Charity founder Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan from Leicester has been providing emergency accommodation, food and sanitary products for victims of domestic abuse during lockdown via her charity, Zinthiya Trust. Additionally they been supporting other food banks across the city through their food hub. Zinthiya has been writing about her work and in particular the impact of the pandemic on BAME women in Leicester for The Fawcett Society and other places. Zinthiya is a 2020 Fellow and yet to travel. Her Fellowship topic will research how to develop community led strategy to prevent violence against women/girls.

Becky Rogerson: community services

Charity director Becky Rogerson has been helping to tackle the rise in domestic abuse cases which has occurred since the start of lockdown via her charity Wearside Women in Need in Sunderland. Becky has been working with local services and the Northumbria police to develop a model in the North East of England that ensures services respond to the community with open pathways and support. This includes providing advice, a toolkit, a helpline and a website with resources to empower the local community. Her aim is that this model can be replicated to other regions across the UK. Becky received a Covid-19 Action Fund grant to support this work. Additionally, she has been working on a national project with Women's Aid England to deliver support to specialist domestic abuse services and promoting a campaign that raises awareness and equips the community in supporting its members and reporting abuse.

James Rowlands: LGBT+ community

Domestic abuse consultant James Rowlands has been working with LGBT+  services during the pandemic to provide support to LGBT+ victims of domestic abuse. Studies have shown that the LGBT+ community has experienced heightened abuse during lockdown but it has been little reported on. James has been working to develop guidance for victims, perpetrators, families and friends and additionally hopes to use this to influence service providers and the government to ensure the needs of this group are not forgotten. His Fellowship topic was Reviewing Domestic Homicide - International Practice and Perspectives. Read James' Fellowship Report: Reviewing domestic homicide - international practice and perspectives.

Nicola Sharp-Jeffs: economic abuse

Charity founder Nicola Sharp-Jeffs has been supporting victims of economic abuse during lockdown via her charity, Surviving Economic Abuse. She has produced several online resources for victims as well as banks, friends and family on how they can offer support. Additionally, she has secured funding from the Home Office of nearly £200,000 to respond to the heightened need of victims in light of Covid-19 and the government is signposting victims to Nicola’s charity. Nicola founded her charity as a result of her Churchill Fellowship which explored ways to support survivors of financial abuse. Read Nicola's Fellowship Report: Supporting survivors of financial abuse.

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