Women's Aid

Women's Aid


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supportive , women-friendly , informative

Who we are

Women's Aid is the national domestic violence charity that co-ordinates and supports an England-wide network of over 500 local services. We work towards ending violence against women and children. The Women’s Aid website includes an online Survivor's Handbook, a directory of domestic violence services and a range of resources for survivors, professionals and the public on domestic violence. Both the Survivor’s Handbook and a general information leaflet about domestic violence are available in 11 community languages. Our website address is www.womensaid.org.uk and our website for children and young people is www.thehideout.org.uk. Women’s Aid also runs the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (0808 200 247) in partnership with Refuge.

Our areas of expertise

Domestic violence

As a national domestic violence charity, Women’s Aid supports over 250,000 women and children each year. Women's Aid campaigns for better legal protection and services, providing an "expert view" to government on laws, policy and practice affecting abused women and children. Women's Aid runs public awareness and education campaigns, bringing together national and local action, and developing new training and resources.

Violence against women

Women’s Aid recognises that domestic violence is one of many of the forms of abuse that women experience worldwide and that domestic violence can be linked to other forms of violence against women, such as rape and forced marriage.

Personal experiences of violence

Women’s Aid mentors can share either their personal experience of domestic violence or their experiences of working with those who have survived domestic violence. Women’s Aid mentors will be able to use their individual experiences to let women who are either experiencing abuse now or who have experienced abuse in the past that they are not alone and that other people understand what they are going through.

Why we're on horsesmouth

Women’s Aid knows that many women experiencing domestic violence feel isolated and alone, and we know how important it is for women to be listened to and believed. Women's Aid mentors agree with our mission to end domestic violence. However, the information and support given are the personal opinions of these mentors, and not necessarily the views held by Women's Aid.

More information

Visit: www.thehideout.org.uk

Visit: www.womensaid.org.uk

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