Sheffield survivor reveals horrific injuries in heartfelt plea for domestic abuse charity

A Sheffield charity has issued an urgent appeal for help for survivors of domestic abuse.

Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 10:51 am

Rehouse to Rehome, which helps survivors rebuild their lives in new homes away from their abusers, has seen ‘a significant rise’ in requests for help during the pandemic.

It has a list of 23 properties which need to be furnished before survivors can leave and rebuild their lives, which would then free up refuge spaces for others.

Domestic abuse survivor Britney Bashforth has issued a heartfelt plea for support for the charity.

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Britney Bashforth

In 2019 she spent four weeks in a coma after an horrific attack for which her ex – Shaka Williams, of Brimmesfield Drive, Arbourthorne - was jailed for nine years and 10 months.

Britney said: “I could have very easily died, but thankfully I didn’t, I survived and now I’m stronger than ever and determined to do everything I can to support and empower others who have suffered violence and abuse.

“Through Covid 19 we have done, and we can and we are still doing everything possible to support and help victims and survivors of domestic abuse, but what we are hearing and how people are suffering and struggling is just really not fair.

“We see posters all over saying ‘Together We Will End Domestic Abuse’ and ‘Help Us Put A Stop To Domestic Abuse’, but really, how?

Britney Bashforth

“There is no where near enough awareness about the reality and the real struggle survivors are facing and that’s why people come to their own conclusions which is ‘all survivors are helped’.

“Things have got so bad for us at Rehouse to Rehome because so many people are reaching out to us for help and it’s so difficult to keep up.

“Yes there’s lots of domestic abuse organisations and loads of places people can call or apply to for help, but that doesn’t mean help is always available to everyone. If so why do so many people need our help?

“People are turning to us asking for our help after trying every organisation and service known and the very last thing we want to say to survivors is ‘no’.”

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