Swindon Women's Aid is a domestic abuse service for residents living in the Swindon. Our service operates 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, it’s confidential and free of charge. We also have a 24/7 direct telephone helpline which is answered by specialist staff irrespective of the time you call - day or night.
We provide both specialist emergency refuge for women and children fleeing violence and abuse and a community service which provides outreach support to both female and male victims, including those in same sex relationships. We also have a small children and young people's team which supports the children and young people living in our refuge and who also work with local schools and colleges in raising awareness of health relationships.
A domestic abusive relationship does not always involve physical violence. It can be physical, or include other abuse such as sexual, emotional or financial abuse. It can include coercive and controlling behaviour and you do not have to be living with someone to be in an abusive relationship.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone though the majority of domestic violence (89%) is perpetrated by males against women. Domestic violence and abuse can take place regardless of age, class, ethnicity, lifestyle, religion or sexuality. What is important is that if it is happening to you it is not your fault and do not have to suffer alone.
Domestic Abuse Service for Residents Living in Swindon
Swindon Women’s Aid can help. We will listen to you; we will give you information, advice and support if you want it. Our aim is to protect and support victims and their children. We are non-judgemental, we work with you at your pace, we do not tell you what you should or should not do, we do not make decisions for you - we simply provide a free and confidential advice and support service which assists you to decide what you want to do next.
We are able to provide a variety of tailor made support packages that suit your needs and that of your children. We can work on your behalf with other agencies to protect you and keep you safe, support you to stay in your own home, or we can offer you emergency accommodation if you are at high risk of harm. We can also provide advice and support to access preventative and protective measures via the criminal justice route and through other local organisations.