Swindon Women's Aid is a domestic abuse service for residents living in the Swindon area. Our service operates 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, Our service supports both female and male victims of domestic violence and abuse and it’s confidential and free of charge. We provide support support to those living in Swindon who need help to exit their abusive relationships safely, and provide emergency refuge to those who need to flee their homes due to the violence and abuse. We have a 24 hour a day telephone helpline 01793 610610 which is answered by specialist domestic abuse service staff who can provide advice and support 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 healthy relationships. Please see our training page for details of how we can help your organisation.
A domestic abusive relationship does not always involve physical violence. Women’s Aid defines domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. It is very common. In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men. Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
- Psychological and/or emotional abuse
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
- Harassment and stalking
- Online or digital abuse
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. Call us for help on 01793 610610
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.