The Haven Emergency Fund
The Haven’s Emergency Fund distributes small grants to support women and children to make the first steps away from domestic abuse. Grants are used to purchase essential items for women left with nothing, including white goods, bedding and food vouchers.
This project is ongoing
The Haven Wolverhampton
Victims of domestic abuse often experience financial abuse as part of the controlling behaviour of the abuser. Financial abuse can involve preventing women from getting a job, taking all their wages, building up debt in accounts where the victim is the account holder, controlling access to money and hiding household income. This is often a substantial barrier to victims leaving the abusive relationship.Recognising the signs of financial abuse is essential to helping women and children leave.
Our ‘Emergency Fund’ literally provides a lifeline to women and is essential in allocating small grants to those most in need, who can’t secure funds from elsewhere, to help re-build their lives. An average grant of £150 per family can make a real difference to women and children who are bravely starting a new life away from fear and abuse.
To enable women and children to make the first steps away from domestic abuse
Activities» All applications are reviewed by the grants review team within two weeks of application, providing women with a quick response.
Women will be enabled to purchase essential household items to support long term independence.
The allocation of small grants avoids women feeling that they have no choice but to return to the perpetrator, approach loan sharks and other high cost lenders, or ignore their financial problems, leaving them to escalate further. The Emergency Fund is part of The Haven’s Financial Inclusion Service which provides specialist advice and support to help women to regain control of their finances and work towards long term financial independence.
It can take time to break financial ties with the perpetrator of the abuse. Women accessing our services are often facing multiple problems. For this reason, the grants are not allocated in isolation. They are allocated as part of a range of services to increase financial capability, support the move to independent living once they leave refuge accommodation and a range of other holistic support services.
The Haven will report the success of our work through our website and through social media. We are also developing and will be regularly distributing a newsletter detailing the success of our projects and detailing anonymous case studies of women and children we have worked with.
Budget - Project Cost: £5,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £5,000 Grants Grants of a maximim of £300 allocated to at least 16 women
Operating in the city of Wolverhampton, The Haven is located in an area suffering from high levels of deprivation and its associated problems. Wolverhampton stands as one of the most deprived areas in the country. Ranked as the 20th most deprived area nationally, with several severe pockets of deprivation, unemployment amongst Wolverhampton residents continues to be well above the regional and national rates.
Domestic violence kills 2 women every week in the UK and affects 1 in 4 women at any one time. Domestic violence is not solely physical; the misuse of power and control can also manifest itself in sexual, psychological, and financial abuse. During 2012-2013 633 women and children accessed our refuge accommodation and 110 women were supported through our Financial Inclusion services.
For over 40 years The Haven have been dedicated to designing and delivering innovative services which respond to all aspects of the unique needs of women and children suffering domestic abuse and homelessness. Research carried out in 2003 by New Philanthropy Capital identified The Haven as one of the locally based charities doing ‘excellent work’. In 2010 one of our advocacy projects was published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission as an example of national best practice.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Lead For Financial Inclusion
The Financial Inclusion Team provides accessible financial advice and support including money management workshops, debt and budget management