The Violence against Women Support Hotline:
Contactable 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, for free
How to contact us: 08000 116 016
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is physical and emotional violence. It occurs between people who live together, are separating or have separated.
SCOLDING, INSULTING, BLAMING, INTIMIDATING, DETAINING, THREATENING,
CONTROLLING, STRANGLING, IMPRISONING, FORBIDDING FRIENDSHIPS, ALLOCATING MONEY, FORCING YOU TO WORK, FORBIDDING YOU TO WORK, BEATING, KISSING AGAINST YOUR WILL, SEX AGAINST YOUR WILL, TOUCHING AGAINST YOUR WILL
How we work
Our women’s and children’s shelter is a safe accommodation for women, mothers and their children who are victims of domestic violence.
We offer women and children support and guidance regardless of nationality, ethnic and social background, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion or ideology or the specifics of someone’s partnership or family life.
The staff at the shelter respect the different living situations of the women and children.
You do not have to live at the shelter to talk to its staff for advice.
Every woman has her own room that she shares with her children. The residents share a kitchen, living room, children’s playroom, bathrooms and a courtyard.
You organise your own everyday life, including shopping, meals and childcare. You can continue to go to work.
The children go to school or daycare. If they cannot continue to go to their previous school, they will be enrolled at a local school. We help you look for a place in a local daycare centre.
For safety reasons, the residents cannot receive visitors at the shelter.
Our staff help you:
- in your search for a life in safety and without violence
- secure your livelihood
- dealing with your housing situation
- with questions concerning your children: such as kindergarten, school, child custody, right of access
- cope with the psychological, social and health consequences of the experience of violence
If you like, we accompany you to:
- public authorities
- lawyers and court hearings
- the police
At the women’s and children’s shelter you can meet other women with similar experiences, talk to them and give each other support.
“Since my divorce I have been able to live with my daughter in peace and quiet. The stay at the women’s shelter helped me a lot.”One woman’s experience
The address of the shelter is anonymous for safety reasons. Men are not allowed in the shelter.