Domestic abuse against women and girls in the UK and Brazil is widespread and growing. In Brazil, 8 women experience domestic violence every single minute, while in the UK 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
The Caring Family Foundation are working to ensure more women in the UK and Brazil are aware of domestic abuse support and accessing it, enabling them to make their own choices about their futures and their children’s futures.
Brazil Domestic Abuse Support
The Caring Family Foundation supports and nurtures women and children who flee domestic violence, offering them full assistance in any medical, social, psychological, housing and legal needs, as well as empowerment through employability courses.
In Brazil, we support institutionally and operationally the NGO Bem Querer Mulher, having delivered over 10,000 sessions of psychological support, legal and social services so far.
UK Domestic Abuse Fund
In the UK, we plan to launch a domestic abuse fund this autumn to award innovation grants to grassroots domestic abuse organisations. To align with our work in Brazil, we will also be opening a service centre for women and children fleeing domestic abuse in London in 2023. Since 2020, The Caring Family Foundation has provided funds to 5 organisations supporting a total of 1,500 women to access services, educational programmes and tailored support.
Rebuilding Lives and Careers
The Caring Family Foundation, alongside Bem Querer Mulher, offers regular employability training courses for the survivors of domestic abuse we support at the house in Sao Paulo. Each course runs for three months and is focused on building the women’s self-esteem and equipping them with the practical skills they need to successfully enter the workplace, and gain independence through employment, breaking the cycle of financial abuse.
In 2022, in partnership with the NGO Instituto Capim Santo, we have trained 15 women who had gone through Bem Querer Mulher’s employability course, opening up new possibilities towards rebuilding their lives and careers. This program's main focus is to train people in situations of vulnerability in the area of Sustainable Gastronomy, so that participants can enter positions in the gastronomy market in a higher salary bracket.
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