17 May 2022
HSBC – Safe Spaces

Domestic abuse skyrocketed in Norfolk during the Covid lockdowns – affecting men and women alike, and people of all ages. Having seen the effects of domestic abuse in my own family as a youngster, I know first-hand that it doesn’t just scar the immediate victims: it triggers a cycle of downstream PTSD, child trauma and emotional damage for many of their family and friends.

That’s why, as part of my ongoing efforts to speak out against the awful scourge that is domestic violence and abuse in our society, and support local charities and support groups, I am delighted to see HSBC are rolling out their ‘Safe Spaces’ programme at their Wymondham and Dereham branches.

Launched by the charity Hestia and its ‘UK SAYS NO MORE campaign’, with support from the People’s Postcard Lottery Recovery Fund, ‘Safe Spaces’ allows men and women suffering from domestic abuse to walk into a HSBC branch and immediately access specialist advice and support. Those in need of help can engage with at least one of over 4,000 HSBC staff trained nationally to assist domestic abuse victims – in a safe space where they can seek the support they need.

This is an incredible helpful initiative now operating in Mid Norfolk and I look forward to offering my support and visiting the local branches to learn more.

To see more on my work around domestic violence and abuse, please regularly visit my website …