Providing support to a domestic abuse charity in Milton Keynes

04 August 2021

We are supporting local Milton Keynes charity, MK Act to provide additional support to people experiencing domestic abuse.

The charity, which was established 45 years ago, has seen demand for its services double during the pandemic. Through its work it protects adults and children from domestic violence and abuse. It has safe emergency accommodation and provides counselling and other services.

Our funding is enabling the charity to provide over 200 hours of additional staffing and support at its domestic abuse refuge, which has been full to capacity during the pandemic. It will also enable MK Act to provide 115 specialist counselling sessions for people experiencing or who have experienced domestic abuse.

Alex Wrigley, Domestic Abuse Lead at the Guinness Partnership said: “MK Act’s support is not just life changing, it is saving lives, and we’re grateful that we can go some way to helping them fulfil this urgent need for their services. Providing this funding is one of the many ways we’re committed to tackling domestic abuse, which includes partnering with other charities across the country.”

According to statistics from police forces across the UK, the pandemic has increased the need for such support; there was one domestic abuse call every 30 seconds at the beginning of lockdown.

Sue Burke, CEO of MK Act, said: “During the pandemic, rates of domestic violence increased, and our clients were in a more dangerous situation. The money that the Guinness Partnership has provided has been invaluable. It’s meant we’ve been able to increase our staffing levels to cope with this demand.  We cannot thank them enough. It’s made such a big difference.”

Our commitment to helping victims of domestic abuse also includes:

  • Developing a Domestic Abuse Support Toolkit in collaboration with MD Group and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA). The aim is to educate and raise awareness of people working in customer-facing roles, to improve the identification of domestic abuse, to provide improved support, and to ultimately help save lives.
  • Gaining accreditation from the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA), which demonstrates Guinness has the right tools, processes and policies in place to support people experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Signing up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s ‘Make a Stand’ pledge against domestic abuse.

We offer free, confidential support to anyone experiencing a form of abuse. If you want to talk to us, call us on 0303 123 1890 from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday if you feel safe to do so.  You can also look at our domestic abuse webpages for further advice and support.

The National Domestic Violence Helpline is also open 24/7 for advice and support. You can call them on 0808 2000 247.