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Join the online Yoga classes supporting Refuge, the domestic abuse charity, in Merseyside


Incidents of domestic violence have risen during the coronavirus lockdown as strict guidelines to stay indoors leave many victims unable to escape abuse.

Owner of KHYA Studio in Birkdale, Yoga instructor, Paris, is supporting the organisation which offers safety for women and children experiencing all forms of violence and abuse.

“Refuge is a charity who help over 6,000 women and children a day. During lockdown, it’s terrifying to think, but this can be the worst time to stay home if you have an abusive partner,” Paris explains. “For some people, this is a matter of life or death. That’s the seriousness of the situation.”

Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of National Domestic Abuse charity, Refuge, said:

‘While in lockdown or self-isolation, women and children are likely to be spending concentrated periods of time with perpetrators, potentially escalating the threat of domestic abuse and further restricting their freedom.

‘Domestic abuse isn’t always physical – it’s a pattern of controlling, threatening and coercive behaviour, which can also be emotional, economic, psychological or sexual. Abuse is a choice a perpetrator makes, and isolation is already used by many perpetrators as a tool of control.

‘In the current climate, it is certainly more challenging for women suffering abuse. Lines of communication could be severely limited if women are unable to leave the home.’


Paris will be holding 6pm Yoga classes until Thursday 30 April with all donations going directly to Refuge.

“I felt I needed to do something to raise awareness and money to support the 24-hour Refuge hotline for people who need help,” Paris explains. “Any amount you can afford will be put to such good use. Refuge are doing amazing work and need all the support they can get.

“There is no matter feeling than getting on your mat, knowing all of the money is going towards a brilliant cause,’ Paris says. “If we can help get one person away from that kind of environment, we are helping Refuge to do amazing work.”

All donates are hugely appreciated. Visit Parissyogaa and click the link in the bio to take part in classes to support Refuge.

If you or someone you know is worried or experiencing abuse, call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 for confidential support from female advisers 24/7, or contact Refuge online here

You can request a safe time for a callback, but in an emergency, call 999. If you are unable to talk, call 999 then press 55 to be transferred to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to speak.

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