Domestic Abuse Services

Housing for Women provides specialist support to women and their children escaping domestic abuse and violence. Our refuges provide a safe haven for women and their children. We also deliver support services in the community and operate a referral and advice line. 

If you are experiencing abuse, we can support you. Visit www.gdva.org.uk or call our confidential helpline on 020 8317 8273.

 

In the last 12 months

Our services in Ealing, Greenwich and Merton:

  • Housed 110 women in our refuges 
  • Answered 3,401 calls through our information and referral line
  • Enabled 57 Sanctuary Scheme installations, providing additional security to keep women living safely and securely in their own home
  • Helped 19 women with complex needs
  • Supported 82 women living in the community
  • Worked with 88 women planning to move on from our refuges to live independently

 (September 2016-October 2017)

 

Annette's* story

When Annette came to the refuge she had been in a violent relationship for 9 years and was battling an addiction to alcohol. She had been sofa surfing for some time and had a number of physical health issues. Our staff supported Annette to come to terms with the abuse she had experienced, engage with specialist health and alcohol recovery services and rebuild her life. Annette now lives independently, is successfully managing her tenancy and has been abstinent from alcohol for 8 months.

I badly wanted to stop drinking but without the support of the staff at the refuge I could not have made it.

The service has changed my life, helped me get out of a life I thought I’d be in for years. I see a future now.  (My Worker) helped me in a lots of areas including, housing, rent, family support and listening and being there to advise me.

I will be forever grateful to my support workers for their time and kindness during this difficult time.  Coming to this refuge has given me awareness of my past experiences and taught me so much about Domestic Violence that I am now feeling confident and happy to move on.  Thank you for everything."

* Real name not used

 

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