We support victims and families of Domestic Abuse . We currently provide first and second stage housing; offering a realistic alternative to a women's refuge though our very own safe house. Outside of our refuge flat provision; We offer extensive support to raise confidence and skills to ensure that they can progress back into permanent mainstream housing quickly and securely moving towards a more positive future.
The charity is normally operating a twice- weekly 'One Stop Shop' at two locations within the Swale area, to provide a variety of support including basic legal advice, mental health support, counselling, and access to support groups and s well-being and fitness programmes, and signposting to assist victims in their journey to a life free from abuse. With our very knowledgeable board of Trustees all who are volunteers and have a wealth of experience in domestic abuse; we aim to provide a service which will also help with the increasing demand of referrals within the Swale area for victims to gain the support that is needed. During the COVID-19 lockdown period, our services are online and over the phone, except in emergency housing situations.
We have seen a sharp rise in Domestic Violence locally and nationally and our services are needed now more than ever.
Our Short-term vision, once we are out of lockdown, is to have more of our volunteers employed on a full or part-time basis as the need for our services has grown greatly. This will also provide much needed employment on the back of this COVID-19 lockdown crisis where jobs are being lost. Any funding will go towards the core costs of these salaries now and in the future.
Our longer-term vision is to own many properties so that we can quickly accommodate fleeing victims and families, even if only on a temporary basis, as we understand what a lengthy process it is to gain appropriate, safe and comfortable housing for victims.