accommodation and help and support in the community to women and
have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused.
Hatfield Women’s Aid seeks
to work towards and end to violence against women and children in the
outside. Towards this ultimate end we seek to meet the following
provide safe temporary accommodation, advice, support and information
to women and children fleeing domestic violence and abuse.
specific services for children.
provide Outreach support to women who choose not to use the Refuge for
temporary accommodation and to ex resident women
offer emotional support to women who have experienced violence and abuse.
and facilitate Domestic Violence Awareness and Good Practice training
to external agencies.
work and networking.
Women from all cultures, races,
classes, sexualities, ages and levels of ability experience domestic
and abuse. Whilst each woman’s experience is unique to her we
many issues may profoundly affect her, for example her access to
services, who she can
confidently ask for help, what she is likely to lose if she leaves the
whether she feels she will be believed, does she risk losing her
children? We are always mindful
of each woman as a unique individual and how her difference can affect
and the choices she makes. We will endeavour to ensure that informed
may be made. We will promote self determination and offer support to
We recognise that
not all women are ready to
leave abusive relationships. They may use the Refuge for respite rather
making a final break, they may simply want to talk to Refuge staff or
group. We will support them in any decision they make, providing no
child is at risk of abuse.
make up two thirds of
our client group and we have a priority to provide services to them. It
that they know they have a right to live free from violence in our
this end children in Refuge must not be smacked or physically punished.
We encourage and
support women to find non abusive ways of disciplining their children.
also aware that recent research has shown links between domestic
are aware that some women may
continue to need our support when they are safely resettled. To this
will make our services available through regular drop in groups and the
will work positively with
external agencies – both statutory and voluntary –
to ensure that women
and children who have experienced violence and abuse receive
treatment. We will also assist external agencies with domestic violence
training events, awareness raising and good practice issues.
post at: PO Box 486
By phone on: 01707 373743
admin at(@) whwr.org
Welwyn Garden City