We are excited to share that on the 28th November 2023, we launched our new five-year strategy ‘Preventing and Responding to Domestic and Sexual Abuse 2023-2028’.
The strategy comes in response to the unprecedented increase in referrals that we have seen over the last few years, and will help support the continued growth and development of Yellow Door as a charity.
Over the last 12 months our organisation has been engaging with our service users, delivery partners, funders, and the public, to help shape its new strategic direction, which focuses on prevention support, empowerment, and recovery. Prevention, by raising awareness of domestic and sexual abuse in the local community, and continued support, empowerment, and recovery for those individuals who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse at any time in their lives, through increased local partnerships and a more robust service provision.
The pandemic and cost of living crisis have drastically increased the risks for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, and demand for our support has also been heightened due to an increase in public awareness of tragic high-profile murder and sexual violence cases. During 2022/23, we supported 4,438 individuals, a 200% increase compared to 2019/20 (1,516 individuals). Referrals to the service also grew in 2022/23 by 15% when compared to 2021/22.
Our Chair of Trustees, Dr Julie Greer, commented:
“Yellow Door’s five-year strategy is our response to the increased violence that we are facing in sectors of our society. We hope to highlight our work and the positive impact we continue to make to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, across Southampton, Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, as well as the wider services we provide, such as education.
Through our new strategy, we will focus on the development of key partnerships and our work with the most marginalised communities, who experience additional barriers to gaining support. This can often be the result of abuse and the intersectionality of protected characteristics such as their ethnicity, disability, gender, age.
The Board of Trustees and Yellow Door team recognise the importance of working in partnership and we are grateful for all the support Yellow Door receives. We know this strategy will support us to further develop our work with those impacted by domestic and sexual abuse over the coming years”.