The importance of staying at home and social distancing is crucial in stopping the spread of coronavirus, however for many people home may not be the safe and comforting place we take for granted. The lockdown is having a drastic effect for the victims of domestic abuse – an often overlooked and invisible occurrence.
According to Refuge, the 24/7 domestic abuse helpline, they have reported a 50% increase in calls and a 400% rise in visits to their website since lockdown began.
Many people are effectively trapped in what can be extremely dangerous situations not only for their physical wellbeing, but also their mental health. Effects which will be felt for years to come.
#hiitagainsthit is a social media campaign to bring awareness to this topic, whilst also raising critical funds for those who need it most. By encouraging people to tackle a short workout challenge and post a selfie to social media with the domestic violence helpline number which is 0800 2000 247 written on your hand or a piece of paper.
If you can, we’re urging you to join the movement and tag #hiitagainsthit and donate £5, or as much as you can afford to help Refuge reach their goal of £50,000.
Since lockdown has started, we’ve been so impressed by the sheer number of individuals and communities that have come together to support the industries most affected by the ongoing coronavirus crisis, but let’s not forget the most vulnerable in our society either. Let’s use the power of social media for good and help spark change!