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Concern over rise in Food Parcels distributed to victims of Domestic Violence

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As the festive season approaches a local charity has noted a significant increase in requests for food parcels by victims of Domestic Violence.

East Durham Trust who have been distributing emergency food for almost four years have been able to respond to the increased demand thanks to the generosity of the public and targeted intervention from County Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg.

The Trust sources their food supplies from public donations with over 30 baskets placed in Community venues and supermarkets, a number of local schools and businesses have also had collections in recent months. However, demand tends to rise over the Christmas period with Domestic Violence being one of the key factors as Chief Executive Malcolm Fallow explained.

“Sadly, with increased alcohol consumption and a number of other factors this time of the year appears to be leading to an increase in demand from Domestic Violence victims. Their needs are also more complex with individuals often finding themselves fleeing from abuse, with no access to any resources whatsoever.

Thankfully the support from the Commissioner has put us in a position where we can respond to this crisis”

The situation has arisen at a time when National sources are reporting Police forces across the UK having difficulties in coping with increases in reported Domestic Violence incidents.

Last year the Trust reported increased demand in the early past of the year as people with high levels of debt felt the impact in the post-Christmas period.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg will be visiting East Durham Trust, Yoden Road, SR8 5DP, Peterlee on Tuesday 22nd December where he will speak with staff and volunteers and help make up emergency food parcels.
  • Photo Opportunities between 1:00pm-1:30pm.
Posted on Friday 18th December 2015
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