Donation to support vital Hertfordshire helpline

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In the 20 years since the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline was established as a charity, they have helped more than 40,000 people in Hertfordshire.  The Helpline is a confidential, free, support and signposting service for anyone affected by domestic abuse.

In 2022 alone, their helpline received 2,400 calls, meaning approximately 200 people are accessing their services each month from across Hertfordshire.  As well as supporting around 2,400 callers a year plus many more through their website and email service, the Helpline works in partnership with countywide statutory, voluntary and community organisations which, together, all aim to improve the lives of anyone affected by domestic abuse as well as those seeking help to change their behaviour.

The Helpline receives no core funding so is dependent on grants and fundraising to cover operating costs.

The COSARAF Foundation grant of £3,500 will pay the annual cost for their telephone operating system, providing a safe, anonymous service for all callers and data analysis to support the charity in assessing and evaluating need.