Crisis advocacy and support service
This is our primary service for women experiencing domestic and sexual violence/abuse from partners, ex-partners or family members.
If you are in immediate danger call 999 the Police will contact us for you when you are safe
All our advocacy/support workers are fully trained Independent Domestic & Sexual Violence Advisors which means you can be sure of high quality services.
We are experts in our field, with over 40 years of experience in helping women on their journey from crisis to recovery.
But we never forget that this is your life, your journey and your experiences will be unique to you.
Your first session with one of our qualified specialist workers will concentrate on your immediate safety and level of risk.
We'll also talk to you about any children or family members that are also being affected by the domestic violence/abuse.
This may be the first time you've told anyone about everything that you've been experiencing and be assured that your support worker has a deep understanding of what you are going through and will know how to help you to move forward.
At this point we will also help you decide if you need any extra security measures at home, or if you need to temporarily leave, and we'll start putting together a plan of action directed by you and your goals.
Your ongoing support sessions will continue to place your safety as a high priority and we'll continue to help you identify your goals and support you to achieve them.
Our crisis service is both risk and needs led so we'll work with you until we get you where you need to be.
Some of the work we do with you will be about practical things and actions needed to keep you safe, however we are also here to help you with the emotional and psychological effects of your experiences.
As part of the work your support worker will carry out will be making sure you get all the help you need.
As such we'll suggest referrals to other specialist agencies and services to meet your individual needs.
Part of the work your support worker will carry out will include making sure you get all the hep you need. We'll suggest referrals to other specialist agencies and services that you might find helpful.
Some of these services will be located in the Women's Centre, but we have effective referral routes to other local agencies.