Our women’s refuge
Domestic abuse can have a long term and destructive impact upon individuals and families who are affected. 1 in 4 women in the UK are affected by domestic abuse at some stage in their lives, it is estimated that 2 women in England and Wales are killed every week by an abusive partner or former partner
Our women’s refuge provides accommodation and services for single women, and women with children who have been, or who are, affected by domestic abuse. The scheme provides a safe place where they can regain control over their lives by making considered choices for their future, including re-establishing themselves in the community.
The women’s refuge is situated in North Yorkshire and can be utilised for a period of two years however the average stay is 9 – 12 months.
How to get more information
If you would like to talk to someone about domestic abuse you can also contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline at any time on 0808 2000 247.
About our service
How we support our service users.
Staff will not tell Service Users what decisions to make or what to do with their life.
Instead, our staff will:
- Support Service Users and work with them to help them feel in control of their life, choices and decisions.
- The support plan is tailored around the needs of the Service Users and is customer focused. Service Users are involved in all aspects of their support.
Staff work in a way that empowers Service Users to do things for themselves the aim being that when support stops they are able to live independently.
Supporting the children
We have two children’s workers who are specially trained to work with children who will make sure that they:
- Settle in as quickly as possible to life in the scheme
- Make new friends in the scheme
- Have time and space to play and to ask questions and talk about things they are thinking about
- Signpost to counselling services if needed
- Carry out daily activities
- Facilitate after school Homework clubs
The Child Worker will also work with the mothers to sort out their schooling arrangements and will support them to communicate with the school. Child support sessions are mandatory within the scheme and 121’s are carried out weekly