Harrogate and District Women's Aid

Harrogate and District Women's Aid

What is Domestic Abuse?

Many women experience abuse from someone they have been in a close personal relationship with. This can include their husband, ex-partner or another family member. Often their children are also affected by the abuse.

Domestic abuse is rarely a one-off event and tends to escalate over time. The abuse can take many forms.

  •    Physical - for example: punching, burning, kicking or pushing
  •  Emotional/Psychological - for example: threats, constant criticism, harassment, being isolated from family and friends
  •  Sexual - for example: rape, unwanted sexual acts
  •  Financial - for example: witholding or taking money   

How can Harrogate and District Women's Aid help?

We offer free, confidential support and information to women and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.

 

Refuge Accomodation

We can provide safe, temporary accomodation for up to eight women and their children. The accomodation provides a comfortable, friendly, supportive environment where women and children can start to rebuild their lives. Children's Workers work specifically with the children to help them come to terms with the effects of abuse.

As affiliated members of Women's Aid Federation of England, we can refer women to refuges in other areas of the country if necessary.

Outreach Support

We offer practical and emotional support to women in the community who are still involved in, or wanting to leave abusive situations or who are still suffering the effects of previous abuse. Women can access support at the outreach office or a neutral location, or we can visit at home if it is safe to do so. We also provide aftercare support to women who have left the refuge or other temporary accomodation to help them intergrate into the community.

All our trained workers are non-judgemental and aim to empower women to make their own choices.

How To Contact Us:

Refuge Accomodation

01423 8530078 (Mon - Fri during office hours. Answer phone available at other times).

or write to:

Harrogate and District Women's Aid, PO Box 309, Harrogate.

 

Outreach Service

01423 858335 (Mon - Fri during office hours. Answer phone available at other times).

or write to:

Harrogate and District Women's Aid Outreach,
Community House,
46-50 East Parade,
Harrogate
HG1 5RR

We also recruit, train and support volunteers to help deliver our services.

Volunteers can work at the refuge, Outreach office or as Management Committee Members.

 

Other Useful Numbers:

 

 

Women's Aid Federation of England

National 24 hour Helpline:

0808 2000 247

 

Police:

0845 6060 247

 

Emergency out-of-hours Accommodation:

08457 089190

 

Victim Suport:

0845 071 0871

  

Samaritans:

01423 525352