This week the Johnny Depp verdict made loud headlines. We want to show our quiet appreciation for two very special local charities.
They do different work but both provide hope and a lifeline for people suffering violence and coercion in their own homes and relationships.
During the lockdown calls to the police about abuse have increased. Research shows many more have come from neighbours or family members.
RBWA Chief Executive, Charlotte Kneer, has welcomed the willingness of third parties to come forward. Recently, Charlotte has spoken out movingly about domestic abuse. Her experience as a victim and refuge manager means she contributes with real authority to a vital public debate, including on the Depp case.
ESDAS is no less recognised for its service and contribution locally and at national level. Chief Executive Michelle Blunsom has received a national honour, while ESDAS won a prestigious GSK Impact Award for excellent work in improving people’s health.
At Citizens Advice Reigate and Banstead it’s immensely reassuring to know that East Surrey has such people and organisations to help our clients in need of specialist advice.