Housing for Women provides specialist support to women and their children escaping domestic abuse and violence. Our refuges provide a safe haven for women and their children. We also deliver support services in the community and operate a referral and advice line.
Our services in Ealing, Greenwich and Merton:
(September 2016-October 2017)
When Annette came to the refuge she had been in a violent relationship for 9 years and was battling an addiction to alcohol. She had been sofa surfing for some time and had a number of physical health issues. Our staff supported Annette to come to terms with the abuse she had experienced, engage with specialist health and alcohol recovery services and rebuild her life. Annette now lives independently, is successfully managing her tenancy and has been abstinent from alcohol for 8 months.
“I badly wanted to stop drinking but without the support of the staff at the refuge I could not have made it.
The service has changed my life, helped me get out of a life I thought I’d be in for years. I see a future now. (My Worker) helped me in a lots of areas including, housing, rent, family support and listening and being there to advise me.
I will be forever grateful to my support workers for their time and kindness during this difficult time. Coming to this refuge has given me awareness of my past experiences and taught me so much about Domestic Violence that I am now feeling confident and happy to move on. Thank you for everything."
* Real name not used