Women’s Aid announces 18-month fundraising partnership with the Royal College of Midwives
Wednesday 29th July 2015
Women’s Aid is pleased to announce its 18-month fundraising partnership with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
Domestic abuse often increases or starts in pregnancy; therefore, the partnership is a natural fit for both organisations. The statistics around domestic abuse and pregnancy are startling:
- Over 30% of domestic abuse starts in pregnancy and it escalates in situations where abuse already exists.
- More than 14% of maternal deaths occur in women who have told their health professional they are in an abusive relationship.
- 40 – 60% of women experiencing domestic violence are abused while pregnant
Women’s Aid and the RCM will be working together on joint projects to raise awareness of domestic abuse. Fundraising events are being planned including a long-distance cycle ride by RCM and Women’s Aid staff, and members and supporters of both organisations.
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“Women’s Aid is delighted that the Royal College of Midwives has voted for Women’s Aid to become their charity partner, as pregnancy is such a key time for women experiencing violence in a relationship. Over a third of domestic abuse begins or intensifies during pregnancy and through the partnership we will be able to provide information and training to midwives, who are in a unique position to signpost and give out information.
“Domestic violence increases the chances of miscarriage, premature birth, foetal injury and foetal death, as well as threat to the life of the woman. Through this partnership we hope to raise vital funds for our services, and through awareness and training we hope to help midwives to save lives.”
Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said:
“Domestic abuse is abhorrent and we should be doing all we can to stop it. That is why this partnership with Women’s Aid is so important. Pregnancy can be a trigger point for the start of domestic abuse and midwives have a crucial role to play in spotting signs of it, and supporting women who are suffering from it.”