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Column: Rebecca Fisher 'As an abuse survivor I owe Pandora so much'

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Did you know that according to Women’s Aid, in 2019 an estimated 1.9 women aged 16- to 75-years-old experienced domestic abuse. That statistic is scary to look at but what is even scarier is that during the pandemic, that number is thought to have risen.

A Lynn-based charity is there to provide emotional and practical support for women and children.

Pandora Project is a local charity that supports women and children affected by domestic abuse. They cover the areas of West Norfolk, North Norfolk and Swaffham. They offer confidential and non-judgemental advice for current and historic offences.

The Coastal Mummy Rebecca Fisher (45201563)
The Coastal Mummy Rebecca Fisher (45201563)

Their mantra is that everyone should have the right to live without fear.

They are right. Everyone deserves to live a happy and content life without the fear and worry of abuse. The Pandora Project is now also open to all women from the LGBTQ+ community who otherwise might have struggled to find support and help. The work and support that the Pandora Project provides is phenomenal. Their team is like no other and so many families and people are forever grateful for them.

My family is one of those. I have personally experienced domestic abuse from the aspect of a child from a parent. This was from the age of around 10- to 24-year-old. Pandora Project was there for me and there will never be enough thanks that I could say to them. I was having a hard time processing everything at the time when I got help from them and with the counselling that they provided, I started to feel like myself again and realised that I can be OK and that there is life after abuse.

A purple manicure highlights Pandora Project's Paint it Purple. (51234914)
A purple manicure highlights Pandora Project's Paint it Purple. (51234914)

My reasoning for writing this column about the Pandora Project is to help say thanks. To tell women and children that there is help out there and the Pandora Project is a local charity that can do that.

Paint It Purple for Pandora is a campaign in which local salons and hairdressers are dying hair and painting nails purple to spread awareness and raise money.

The Pandora Project is here for you, your children, your mother, your friends, they are there for every woman and child that is or has experienced domestic abuse. They don’t judge, it is completely confidential and they can give you the support and advice that you need.

To talk to Pandora you can message them on social media, send a message through their website or live chat on their website on Monday-Friday 1-3pm. The website does have a feature to hide it if you are worried. The website is pandoraproject.org.

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