Domestic abuse often increases during the festive period, so Croydon’s FJC is keen to ensure men and women know about its support services.
Posters on display across the borough detail where help is available, and how to seek support.
Between 1 November 2017 and 1 November 2018 there were 1,421 reports of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Croydon.
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for safer Croydon and communities
“The festive period can be a time of anxiety and isolation. It can be a fearful time if you are trying to avoid abuse from your partner.
“I would encourage anyone experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence to come forward and seek help. Please don’t carry on alone as support and advice is available.”
For the second year, the FJC team’s already wide-ranging work is supported by Bromley and Croydon Women’s Aid, a charity that aims to help anyone suffering domestic abuse to make informed choices about their future.
The FJC and Women’s Aid have just secured two year’s joint funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, to offer support and accommodation for refuges.
If you, or someone you know, needs support over the festive period, please contact the FJC on 020 8688 0100.
The centre is open from Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. It is also open on Christmas Eve, but closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Alternatively call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247 (freephone line, 24 hours a day).
In an emergency call the police on 999.