Richinda Taylor, chief executive for EVA Women’s Aid, says the consequences are sure to be far-reaching and that some women ‘will not make it out of this alive’. 

EVA Women’s Aid, which supports more than 1,000 women each year, has now been able to bring back their mental health worker from furlough, thanks to a £10,000 grant.  

County Durham Community Foundation is spearheading a huge campaign to support groups and charities delivering essential support to those affected by Coronavirus. As well as awarding £10,000 to EVA Women’s Aid, the foundation has given a further £250,000 to 60 Tees Valley groups since lockdown began. Working in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust (NET), the foundation is working to distribute part of £40million raised through a national appeal. 

Richinda added: “We have spoken to one woman who says her partner is ‘ramping it up because he’s bored and got nothing to do’ which is just horrifying.  

“Never before has this been such an issue and the impact on women’s mental health is significant. 

“We really need our mental health worker and this funding has enabled us to bring her out of furlough and that’s fantastic as she can support both our service users and our staff with their queries.  

“We are hoping to re-open in July and that will be a critical few months as domestic abuse through lockdown will leave a terrible legacy.  

“Our staff are very concerned about the women we work with because they are literally trapped.  

“There are some women who won’t make it out of this alive and so many who can’t even pop to see a friend or to the shops and get a break for a short while. To not know when this will end must be awful for them.” 

Chief executive of County Durham Community Foundation Michelle Cooper said: “We are all trying to stay positive, but we also must be realistic about the tremendous danger some families are facing. We can’t stop domestic abuse over night, but we can do everything in our power to make sure that our responses are robust and well-funded.” 

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