Greenwich Domestic Violence and Abuse Services (formally Greenwich Women’s Aid) is celebrating 40 years of providing refuge services in Greenwich.
Greenwich Women’s Aid was established in 1975 by a group of local, concerned and committed women who rented a 5 bedroom house from the local authority to provide a refuge for women and their children who were victims of domestic abuse. The initial house had no central heating or fitted kitchen, and women and children regularly had to sleep on the sofa because there were not enough beds.
Since that time the service has expanded across five different properties, providing 30 bed spaces, staffed by 12 dedicated full time staff members. These trained and experienced staff create a supportive and safe environment by assisting women and their children in their recovery from the trauma of domestic violence. The refuges includes specialist accommodation for Asian women and those struggling with substance misuse, as well out reach and sanctuary services for women who wish to remain safely in their own homes. We have a children’s worker who provides therapeutic support for children living in the refuge, an information and referral line for people in the community and professionals who need advice around options, or just someone to talk to. Women are supported to live independently and are assisted in developing life skills to empower them to make positive plans for their futures.
“Being at this refuge has turned my life around…I now feel happier and more confident to live my life and look after my son and keep him safe”
On November 25th there will be a celebration of the success of these services provided to women in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Attendees will be invited to learn more about the history of the service, and to meet the dedicated staff who are continuing to deliver and develop these essential services to victims of domestic violence and abuse.
Well done and thank you to all of those who have supported and been involved in the delivery and continuation of these much needed services. GDVA works in partnership with Royal Borough of Greenwich to continue to strive to eliminate violence and abuse against women and children.
More information on the services provided can be found on the DVA website http://www.gdva.org.uk/