Jersey Women’s Refuge first opened its door to victims of domestic violence on 3rd October 1988, after much campaigning by the Soroptomists of Jersey International Group.
To mark our 25th anniversary the three ‘Sheroes’ of Jersey Women’s Refuge have been taking part in a monthly challenge to raise awareness and funds, with an aim to reach £25,000 by the end of the year.
Each challenge highlights a different aspect of abuse and has been filmed and turned into short video clips, which can be found on our Youtube and Facebook pages. They are engaging and endeavour to change social attitudes of domestic abuse. The yearlong campaign hopes to ensure that the public are aware of our services and encourage women to look at their situation, know their strengths and take significant control of their lives.
Lorna Kearney, Manager at Jersey Women’s Refuge said, “For 25 years we have helped and supported thousands of women fleeing domestic abuse, providing a safe and secure place with professional caring staff who understand the emotional and practical difficulties they may face. I am always inspired by the courage and strength of the women who come through our doors. My birthday wish for the Refuge is that one day our service will no longer be required”.
The Refuge would like the public to send them a happy birthday ‘ Hi 5’, either through the Facebook Page or to the P.O Box address. The messages will be displayed in the Refuge, alongside the ‘Hi 5’s’ that have already been received, containing messages of support for the women staying at Refuge.
Jersey Women’s Refuge has to raise approximately £180,000 on top of running costs to operate its core services each year. Anniversary donations can be made through our JustGiving account: www.justgiving.com/sherochallenge