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Women's Aid is the RCM charity of the year

Women's Aid is the RCM charity of the year

The RCM are pleased to announce our chosen charity of the year, Women's Aid. Women’s Aid is the national charity for women and children working to end domestic abuse. Members are raising funds for our charity in different ways.

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How do the RCM support and raise funds for Women's Aid?

Women’s Aid relies on donations from generous individuals like you, to carry out their work. To raise funds for Women's Aid, the RCM have various fundraising activities. Please see the below activities which we have previously participated in or upcoming activities. If you have any events you'd like to hold and raise funds for Women's Aid on behalf of the RCM, please email marketing@rcm.org.uk

RCM Women's Aid fundraising events: 

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. Read more about domestic violence here.

Hear how refuges save lives from survivors of domestic violence

Hear more from the survivors about their stories.

Domestic abuse and pregnancy

Domestic abuse is a significant factor in the ill health and mortality of mothers and pregnant women1. It can have significant physical and emotional impact on the woman and can lead to miscarriage, low birth weight, ruptured uterus and pre-term labour2.

“I was worried about the baby (In pregnancy), did not want to entertain the idea of going to the police or social services, but when the midwife offered me to talk to someone who could help with the abuse, I was glad”.  Survivor

Domestic abuse: the evidence

  • More than 30% of domestic abuse starts in pregnancy and it escalates in situations where abuse already exists3.
  • The Centre for Maternal and Child Enquires found, in their analysis of maternal deaths in the UK during the 3 years of 2006–08, that 34 of the women who died from any cause had experienced of domestic abuse4.
  • More than 14% of maternal deaths occur in women who have told their health professional they are in an abusive relationship5.
  • 40-60% of women experiencing domestic violence are abused while pregnant6.
  • On average 2 women are killed by a current or former partner each week7.
  • One in seven (14.2%) children and young people under the age of 18 will have lived with domestic violence at some point in their childhood8.
  • On average the police receive an emergency call relating to domestic abuse every 30 seconds9.
  • In findings from the 2013/14 Crime Survey of England, 21% of violent offences and Wales were categorised as domestic violence10.

Women’s Aid works with a needs-led focus, which engages with multiple disadvantage. We work in the real world, with real women’s needs rather than serving a ‘perfect victim’ which does not exist. Within our needs-led approach we risk-assess, and this is an important part of keeping women safe, but our approach is not risk-led. We believe that by meeting the needs of abused women and children, we can fully help them to rebuild their lives, which is more beneficial in the long-term and more cost-effective to society.

“I couldn’t talk to anyone about what was happening at home. I was so isolated; I really felt I was the only person to ever go through anything like this. I’m so thankful to Women’s Aid for helping me to realise that I wasn’t alone and there was help out there. After I moved into the refuge, I felt safe for the first time in years. Two years on, my life has really come together. I work as a volunteer, and I’ve just finished a university course. I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved. Before Women’s Aid I thought violence was my life.”  Joanne, survivor of domestic violence 

Supporting Documents & Fundraising for Women's Aid

You can raise money by hosting a fundraising activity of your choice. Click here for more information on the fundraising activities that you can host. Click here to see what fundraising events the RCM has done so far.

References

1Price, S, Baird, K and Salmon, D (2007) Does routine antenatal enquiry lead to an increased rate of disclosure of domestic abuse? Royal College of Midwifes (published online)
2Granville, G and Bridge, S (2010) Summary of findings and recommendations from the independent evaluation. PATHway: An Independent Domestic Violence Advisory service at St Mary’s Maternity Hospital, Manchester. (Commissioned by NHS Manchester Public Health Directorate - published online)
3Department of Health (2005) Responding to Domestic Abuse – a handbook for professionals citing Lewis, G and Drife, J (2001) Why Mothers Die 1997-1999: The Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the United Kingdom London: RCOG
4Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries - CMACE (2011) Saving Mothers’ Lives: reviewing maternal deaths to make motherhood safer: 2006–08. The Eighth Report on Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the United Kingdom.
5Department of Health (2005) Responding to Domestic Abuse – a handbook for professionals citing Lewis, G and Drife, J (2001) Why Mothers Die 1997-1999: The Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the United Kingdom London: RCOG
6Department of Health (2005) Responding to Domestic Abuse: A handbook for healthcare professionals citing British Medical Association (1998) Domestic violence: a health care issue? London: BMA
7Homicide Index, the Home Office – published by ONS (online), 2015
8Radford, L, Aitken, R, Miller, P, Ellis, , Roberts, J and Firkic, A (2011) Meeting the needs of children living with domestic violence in London Research report London: Refuge/NSPCC
9HMIC (2014) Everyone’s business: Improving the police response to domestic abuse (published online)
10ONS (2015) Crime Statistics, Focus on Violent Crime and Sexual Offences, 2013/14 (published online)