COVID-19 has been incredibly challenging for us all, and particularly so for our clients. But not everything is as hopeless as it first looks.
Thanks to you, our supporters, we have managed to keep our services running throughout the pandemic and to provide our community with the support they need. We are helping a particular group of people right now – women and children suffering domestic abuse and violence. There has been a steep rise in the number of domestic violence cases over recent months; it is one of the hardest aspects of our work.
When we first met Khadija (not her real name), she was highly distressed. Khadija’s husband had been physically abusive towards her; the police and social services had got involved and Khadija’s husband had left. Khadija was now deeply anxious about the future, for herself and for her two young children.
“I was at the lowest point in my life…”
Khadija, being on a spouse visa, had ‘no recourse to public funds.’ However, there is a concession for those who have suffered domestic violence and are at risk of destitution – and we knew how to help Khadija make a claim for Universal Credit. We managed to secure Khadija a basic income despite a very complicated process – her husband had tried unsuccessfully to claim money by fraudulently making a claim in her name.
Things are now getting much better for Khadija. She has shown remarkable fortitude in dealing with so many difficult issues at the same time, and we will continue standing alongside her every step of the way.
“I really feel better since Asylum Welcome have been helping me. They make no judgements; I am free to be myself. A few months ago I thought every good thing had ended for me but at last I am hopeful that things are getting better.”
Asylum Welcome is helping people facing domestic violence to cope and move forward with their lives, but we can only do this with your ongoing support.
With your support today we will help many more people like Khadija.
Can you make a special donation to help our clients cope through these difficult winter months?
Please make a donation of £20, £40 or whatever you can afford.
We are so grateful for your incredible support and solidarity – and we wish you good health and happiness in 2021.