Behind Closed Doors

“When Behind Closed Doors got in touch, they helped me understand what I’d been through. Before I thought that unless he beat me black and blue, I couldn’t ask for help.”

Yorkshire and the Humber

Charity Location

£82,090

Grant size

3 years

Funding period

Our Partnership

Behind Closed Doors supports people throughout the Leeds District whose lives have been, or are, affected by domestic violence and abuse. The Community Domestic Violence team supports people assessed as being at risk and/or needing help with significant practical issues like housing and civil legal proceedings. The Prevention and Recovery Service works to support people at lower levels of risk who require more emotional support and information to make sense of their experience so they can recover and move on positively.

Behind Closed Doors received a grant of £82,090 from Lloyds Bank Foundation over three years. The grant supports the charity with their core costs, contributing to the salaries of their Operational Director and their Monitoring and Finance Coordinator.

Louise Tyne, Operational Director at Behind Closed Doors says core funding from the Foundation was much needed:

“In the last few years, we have experienced a huge rise in demand for services. All our staff are over capacity and last year we had to temporarily close our waiting list for four weeks which allowed us to prioritise those people already referred into the service.”

Their grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation has enabled the charity to develop their services and work with more people. As well as funding, the Foundation matched Behind Closed Doors with Dave Moore, a Lloyds Banking Group mentor, who has supported them through different challenges and is now co-chair of their board. Louise says:

“Dave is dynamic and energetic and he motivated the board to become more proactive. He’s also added a commercial perspective which balances the sector perspective many other people bring. He’s encouraged a business-like approach and supported the board to become more strategic in their governance role.”

Dave offers the charity a more commercial outlook but says mentoring the charity is poles apart from his day job:

“At work there’s a hierarchy but on a board where people have such a range of expertise you have to hear different views and consider different perspectives to reach the right decisions.”

Behind Closed Doors is a lifeline for people like Leila, who came to them after fleeing her husband with her children:

“One day he decided to lock me out of the house in a rage. I had to call the police to break in and get the children out.

“When Behind Closed Doors got in touch, they helped me understand what I’d been through. Before I thought that unless he beat me black and blue, I couldn’t ask for help. Back home [in Kazakhstan] divorce isn’t an option, so although I knew what he was doing was wrong, I didn’t feel like I deserved anything better.”

Leila’s caseworker Sarah helped her see a way forward. Leila added:

“Talking to Sarah was better than talking to a friend because she understood in a way that other people can’t. I had spoken to my dad in Kazakhstan on Skype but he doesn’t do emotions; he just sat there and watched me cry. Sarah was like the family and friends I didn’t have.

“She also encouraged me to do my maths and English GCSEs - I got an A in English and a B in maths! I didn’t realise what doors are opened by GCSEs but now that I have them I am doing a full-time Access course.”

Leila now feels in control of her life:

“Behind Closed Doors didn’t just support me through a difficult time, they gave me a direction in life. They gave me a future.” 

Dave is dynamic and energetic and he motivated the board to become more proactive. He’s encouraged a business-like approach and supported the board to become more strategic in their governance role.

Louise Tyne, Operational Director, Behind Closed Doors

What do we mean by Domestic Abuse?

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An incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and/or violent behaviour. This abuse can encompass but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, emotional or economic abuse. Our definition also extends to charities working with people who have experienced honour-based violence.

Our Impact on Domestic Abuse in 2018

57

more grants to charities helping people facing domestic violence or abuse

17

national partnerships and programmes developed to better address domestic abuse at a policy level

2.6

years is the average length of our grants for Domestic Abuse charities

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