Sussex domestic abuse charity name change to RISE

Sussex domestic abuse charity the Women's Refuge Project has changed its name to RISE along with a change of image and service re-structure with the goal of supporting more women and children living with the effects of domestic abuse in a situation which sees two women every week killed by their partner or ex-partner.

Monday 19 January 2009

Sussex domestic abuse charity changes its name to RISE

Sussex domestic abuse charity the Women’s Refuge Project has changed its name to RISE, along with a change of image and service re-structure with the goal of supporting more women and children living with the effects of domestic abuse in a situation which sees two women every week killed by their partner or ex-partner¹.

RISE's service re-structure and new image make it much easier for women to know who and how to ask for help, in particular the RISE helpline 01273 622822 is the first port of call for anyone affected by domestic abuse, friends of those experiencing abuse and professionals with clients they want to refer to RISE.

Gail Gray, Chief Executive Officer of RISE says:

“Our decision to change our name and image and to re-structure services was to remove any barriers that women, children and young people may encounter when they need help especially given that domestic abuse is so unreported.  On average a women is abused 35 times before she asks for help² and a major factor is that she doesn’t know who to turn to.  She may also feel ashamed and could be psychologically traumatised.  At RISE, we never blame or point the finger, we are here to help and already we are seeing a significant increase in referrals since our change.”

RISE provides support in a crisis situation as well as longer term help in areas such as access to legal specialists, counselling, children’s therapy and preventative education to name just a few.  For more information, advice and support call RISE on 01273 622 822.

ENDS

Notes for editors:

¹ 2002, Council for Europe
² 1997, Yearnshire

For more information:

Contact Rachel Young, Marketing & Communications Officer 07515 027093

About RISE:

RISE, formerly the Women’s Refuge Project, was founded in 1994 and is an independent, registered charity providing services for women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse to help them recover and reclaim their lives. RISE stands for refuge, information, support and education. RISE currently provides services in Brighton, Hove and West Sussex and every year supports over 800 women and families. RISE operates a helpline for anyone affected by domestic abuse: 01273 622 822.