Recession causes surge in helpline calls as families break up and lose jobs

The national Askonefamily helpline recorded a 24% increase in calls in 2009 as a direct result of the recession.

"Many lone parents got in touch with us as they lost their jobs and had to go on social welfare for the first time and they needed help navigating their way through the complex system."

Domestic Abuse Helpline Faces Funding Pressures

Margaret Martin, director of Women's Aid, has said that vital services that help women who have been subjected to domestic abuse are now under severe financial pressure.

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