Posted: 20th January 2017

Splitz, a charity working with people affected by domestic abuse in the South West of England, has been awarded £36,313 by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. This grant will fund a service supporting children who have experienced domestic abuse in the Trowbridge, Westbury and Melksham areas of Wiltshire.

The charity reports that the estimated cost of domestic abuse in Wiltshire is to be £20 million a year, while the estimated number of incidents annually was 3085.

Child victims of domestic abuse can have long-term reactions to abuse, including anxiety, sleeplessness, nightmares, aggression and other problems, both physical, behavioural and emotional. They will often have difficulties in relationships and in employment later in life.

The grant will fund two skilled practitioners who will work with 70 local children and young people between the ages of 9 – 16, who have experienced domestic abuse, which can range from physical or sexual assault through to various forms of bullying and neglect.

Fran Lewis MBE Splitz Executive Director said:

“Domestic abuse in the family has a damaging effect on children who live in an  atmosphere of tension, fear and anxiety. With this considerable funding from the  Freemasons, we will enable children to learn that they are not responsible for someone else’s behaviour and to recover from the trauma that is domestic abuse.”

 Philip Bullock, Head of Wiltshire Freemasons said:

“We are very pleased to be able to support Splitz’s valuable work with young people in our community.  Helping these children now will give them a real chance of a better life in the future.”