Survive * working to support recovery from domestic violence and

Survive – working to support recovery
from domestic violence and abuse
“Without Survive I’d probably be dead”
“This is the happiest I’ve ever been!”
1974 first refuge opens
in South Glos!
1971 the first
women’s refuge in
the UK opens in
Chiswick. 3 years
later Kingswood
Women’s Aid opens
it’s first refuge.
Women’s Aid
• Our first refuge was staffed entirely by
• 1970’s saw the growth of the Women’s
• Early 80s We opened our first ‘formal’ refuge and
developed our first paid worker positions.
25 staff
10 board members and many volunteers
Services to men and women
Group and 1:1 work
Vital partnership work with the police, health,
social services and many more... (you tell
them who they are)
Service Demand
• Over 600 women and children.
• Increase of 15% of women and children
referred to Survive
• Maintain
• Develop
• Prevention
Refuges and work with children
and young people
• 3 refuges housing 16 families.
• Family support in refuge and
though structured play and
parenting support.
•Specialist work with children and
young people including 2 group
work programmes for 7-11 and 1117 year olds.
•New preventative work in schools.
For women and men at high
• 3 trained Independent Domestic Violence
Advisers (IDVAs)
• Representation at Multi Agency Risk
Assessment Conferences
• Advocacy in court and information about legal
• A new post based in Frenchay A & E
Outreach support
and group work
• 4 outreach information sessions
• Group work programmes for women in three areas
• A pilot group work programme for younger women
aged 16-24.
• Back on Track for 7-11 and 11-17 year olds
• New preventative work with schools
• Service user advisory group
The difference we make
The course made me realise that, deep inside, I’m not an angry or violent
person: I’m just a kid who has been through a horrible time, and been the
victim of a bad man who hurt me, just as he hurt my mum. The course
made me realise that I could come through it, that I didn’t have to end up
becoming an angry, violent man…The thing I most hope is that one day I’ll
be a good dad, because I know I’ve got it in me…I’m determined that my
future won’t be scarred by my past.”
Young man on our Back on Track programme
“I’m free now I feel free”
“Thank you for making me a strong, independent woman”
The difference we make
Without a doubt you have not only helped me to change mine and my
children's life but have saved our lives. If I hadn't of had the support from you
I would of gone back to him and I am certain he would have raped and killed
me and the children would have suffered.
We walk into court I’m shaking like a leaf. We walked out of the court in total
shock. I was free for the 1st time in almost 3 and half years. She held my arm
and said I should be so proud for what I had achieved. Bless her she even took
me to the bus station to ensure I was safe so he couldn’t follow me. Without
Survive I could not have done this: locks changed, window handles changed
personal alarm............everything so I can move on and be safe with my boys
15 and 13.
Contact details
Contact details: Ruth Wood - 07808648056
Survive offices: 0117 9613065
Survive duty line: 0117 9612999
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