In the UK, two women are murdered by a partner or ex-partner – the single largest cause of female homicide. Every day more than ten incidents of domestic abuse are recorded and Brighton & Hove police respond to over 4,000 calls per year. The Brenda Ford Fund was set up using a legacy from the estate of the late Brenda Ford. Grants from the Fund go to support charities and community groups that provide advice, support and services for women, with a particular emphasis on those at risk of domestic violence.
Survivors Network was funded £2,567 in 2021 from the Brenda Ford Fund. They are the rape crisis centre for Sussex, with a 30-year history of delivering high quality, responsive and effective support services to survivors of sexual violence and abuse and their families. The grant contributed to the delivery of group work services for self-identifying women aged 18 or over in Brighton and Eastbourne, who have suffered any unwanted sexual experience at any point in their lives. The sessions provided the opportunity for survivors to meet other women who have had similar experiences, in sessions facilitated by a specialist trauma group worker.