25 Apr 20
It has been just over one year since we partnered with Refuge, a leading charity focussed on providing safety to women and children who have experienced domestic abuse. Refuge is committed to empowering women and children to rebuild their lives, providing life-saving and life-changing support to them. Thanks to the dedication and support of our cinema staff and all of our customers we have so far managed to raise over £65,000.
During this unprecedented time, we are pleased to be able to continue to support Refuge in launching a new Refuge Picturehouse Membership. We will donate £10.00 of every West End or London Refuge Membership and £5.00 of every Outside of London Membership sold to the charity.
Martha Awojobi, Refuge's Corporate Partnerships Senior Executive, explains how Refuge's services are needed more than ever as staying home increases the risk of domestic abuse for thousands of women and children:
This is a challenging time for everyone as we all adjust to the Government's new 'lockdown' measures, staying home to save lives. But for some people home is not a safe place. Women and children who are experiencing domestic abuse are likely to be spending increasing amounts of time with their perpetrators.
Abuse isn't always physical - it's a pattern of controlling, threatening or coercive behaviour. It can be emotional, economic, technological, psychological or sexual. Lockdown isn't the cause of domestic abuse; abuse doesn't come by appointment, it happens all year round. However, this period of isolation has the potential to aggravate pre-existing abusive behaviours in perpetrators. The increases in abuse that we have seen globally in countries practicing quarantine measures are truly shocking and mean that Refuge's work is vital, now more than ever.
Refuge has worked around the clock to ensure its frontline specialist services remain open and accessible to women experiencing domestic abuse. Our refuges remain open and we are extremely pleased that our colleagues working in refuges have been identified as 'key workers' which enables us to continue our life saving work and life changing work.
Calls to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge, have increased, on average by 25%-50% since the crisis began. Following some incredible media exposure of our work, on Monday 6th April, calls to Refuge's National Domestic Abuse Helpline soared by 120% and visits to our Helpline website rose by a phenomenal 700% compared to the previous day. This demonstrates the sheer scale of need for frontline domestic abuse services. Women under lockdown who are experiencing domestic abuse are finding the window in which to call us – ordinarily very limited – has further reduced, with more woman than ever seeking support online.
What is needed now is to ensure every woman experiencing domestic abuse is aware of the confidential support available. Women are not alone. Refuge stands with them today, tomorrow and in the future. If you need support, you can call free, anytime of day or night on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk. We have also issued an online guide for survivors.
Our partnership with Picturehouse means so much to us. Not only are they share vital messages about where to access support, they have also raised over £65,000 to support our incredible work in the last year through fundraising in cinemas and donations from incredible customers like you. We are so thrilled that Picturehouse is continuing to support Refuge through this challenging time, and from today a donation will be unlocked for Refuge when you purchase a membership. Now is the time to treat yourself or a loved one to the gift of film and support Refuge's vital work here or simply make a donation to Refuge here.
We hope that around the country women will be reassured to know that even during these unprecedented times, Refuge and Picturehouse are here for you. You are not alone.
The Refuge Picturehouse Membership is available whilst our cinemas are closed. The Membership is available to use yourself or purchase as a gift for someone you know. This Membership cannot be used to renew a current Picturehouse Membership.
It includes all of the brilliant perks of a Picturehouse Membership, as well as the extra ticket:
● 5 complimentary cinema tickets
● Money off all ticket purchases
● 10% off all food and drink
● Invites to free preview screenings
● Discounts at local and national partners
West End Members can also use the exclusive Members' Bars at Picturehouse Central and Fulham Road Picturehouse.
Find your preferred Membership below, and buy now:
Includes 5 complimentary cinema tickets that can be used at any Picturehouse Cinema, including Picturehouse Central and Fulham Road Picturehouse. The Membership also includes exclusive access to both venues Member's Bars.
Includes 5 complimentary cinema tickets can be used at any London or Outside of London Picturehouse Cinema, excluding Picturehouse Central and Fulham Road Picturehouse.
Includes 5 complimentary cinema tickets that can be used at any Outside Of London Picturehouse Cinema. The tickets cannot be used at any Picturehouse in London.
After purchasing, you will receive a code on email that can be exchanged for an annual Picturehouse Membership when cinemas reopen. When exchanged in the cinema, you will receive your Membership card as well as your additional 5th complimentary ticket.
West End Picturehouses include: Picturehouse Central and Fulham Road Picturehouse.
London Picturehouses include: Clapham Picturehouse, Hackney Picturehouse, Crouch End Picturehouse, The Gate in Notting Hill, The Ritzy in Brixton, East Dulwich Picturehouse, West Norwood Picturehouse and Greenwich Picturehouse.
Outside of London Picturehouses include: Stratford East Picturehouse, Bromley Picturehouse, Duke Of York's and Duke's at Komedia in Brighton, Harbour Lights in Southampton, Exeter Picturehouse, The Little Theatre Cinema in Bath, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, Phoenix Picturehouse in Oxford, Cinema City in Norwich, Picturehouse at FACT in Liverpool, Regal in Henley on Thames, City Screen in York, Cameo in Edinburgh and Ashford Picturehouse.
Terms and conditions apply. Refuge is a charity registered in England and Wales, number 277424.
Image copyright Julian Nieman, 2017.
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