International Women’s Day events to raise cash for Oasis Domestic Abuse Service

Oasis CEO Deb Cartwright

Two events will raise money for Oasis Domestic Abuse Service on International Women’s Day next month.

A coffee morning  will be held at Cliffs at 172 Northdown Road, Cliftonville, on the day (March 8) from 10am-Noon.

There will be stalls, raffle, delicious cakes, a children’s colouring competition and more. Raffle prizes and donations from local businesses would be gratefully received.

For details contact organiser Nicki on 07539 385461.

Photo via Margate Museum

An event in the evening of March 8 will celebrate 100 years of Women’s Suffrage and raise money for the Oasis charity.

The event is being held at the Botany Bay Hotel, Kingsgate, and starts at 7pm.  Special Empowerment cocktails will be served, along with a  buffet.

It is being sponsored by South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay. The Rt Hon Priti Patel, MP will be a guest speaker, along with Deborah Cartwright, CEO of Oasis.  Live music will be provided by young musicians from St Lawrence College.

Thanet’s business community has come together to support the event with a generous, high-value auction and raffle prizes, including meals at top restaurants and an exclusive river cruise on American gunboat P22, valued at £1,200.

The P22 

Prizes will be presented by a US Naval Officer in full uniform. Women in Edwardian costume with ‘Votes for Women’ banners will represent the suffragette movement courtesy of the Broadstairs Society.

All monies raised will donated to Oasis.

Advance booking is necessary. Call organiser Christina Rhodes on 07812 333853.

Why Oasis is important

The charity has been delivering services to people experiencing domestic abuse in Kent for 23 years.

It began with a handful of dedicated people opening a refuge service in 1994. Back then 2 women a week were being murdered as a result of abuse in the home. Sadly that statistic remains the same today.

Every day staff at Oasis are confronted with the distressing results of this issue on the lives of the adults and children.

Today Oasis delivers services to adults and children both in refuge and in the community.

They are also carrying out a series of workshops in schools to teach about healthy relationships and recognising the signs of an abusive relationship.

The reality

Help support Oasis domestic abuse service

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender identity, religion, orientation, ethnicity, income, or disability.

  • Today, 1 in 10 women will be experiencing abuse
  • 1 in 4 women will experience abuse at some point in their lives
  • 1 in 6 men will experience abuse at some point in their lives
  • 1 in 4 people in same sex relationships experience domestic abuse
  • Disabled women experience abuse at twice the rate of non-disabled women and
  • Transgender people experience abuse and harassment at a much higher rate than cisgender people
  • On average two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales.
  • Domestic abuse-related crime is 8% of total crime. 
  • On average the police receive an emergency call relating to domestic abuse every 30 seconds.

Domestic cases now account for 14.1% of all court prosecutions, and the volume of prosecutions rose this year to the highest level ever of 92,779 . 92.4% of defendants were male and 7.6% were women. 84% of victims were female and 16% were male.