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Today the Government set out its proposed funding plans for the supported housing sector - of which domestic violence refuges make up just 1%.
The proposals made by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) do not protect specialist refuge provision and will make it even more difficult for victims to flee domestic violence and abuse.
I Got Flowers Today
I got flowers today; it wasn’t my birthday or any other special day.
We had our first argument last night and he said a lot of
cruel things that really hurt me.
I know he is sorry and doesn’t mean it.
I got flowers today; it wasn’t our anniversary or any other special day.
Last night he threw me into the wall and choked me.
It seemed like a nightmare - I couldn’t believe it was real.
I woke up this morning all bruised and sore.
I know he must be sorry as he sent me flowers.
This Positive Relationships course is run by BGSW Community Rehabilitation Company, in partnership with Swindon Borough Council and other local agencies. It is a short, 10 session course for men and is also free of charge.
This course is for you (or your client) if you:
On 21 November Swindon Women's Aid received a visit from Theresa May the Home Secretary and Norman Baker, the Crime Prevention Minister. The Home Secretary and the Minister had a guided tour of the refuge building and spoke to staff and our partners the police about what we were doing to support victims of domestic violence and abuse in Swindon.
SWA have been one of six organisations to be successfully awarded funding from the Police Crime Commissioner Innovation Fund. SWA are delighted to receive this funding which will allow us to work with more more young people in the community and schools who maybe experiencing domestic violence and abuse. This work will include direct support for high risk victims aged 16-25 years via our SWA Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy service and provide more young people with access into our Outreach Service.
This great SWA fundraising event was held at Christ Church on May 4th – It was a collaborative celebration of female-fronted music, to raise funds to support our frontline work with victims. The evening, organised and hosted by Marie Lennon, provided a musical treat in an unusual but extraordinary setting. This was the second “Refuge” event Marie has organised to raise funds for Swindon Women’s Aid and both evenings have been filled with fun, friends and amazing music!!!