About Nottingham Central Women's Aid

Central Women's Aid was originally founded in the 1970s to support women and children experiencing domestic violence and abuse. The service has accommodated thousands of women and children over the years supporting families to rebuild their lives free from fear.

In March 2011 Central refuge was closed down due to the government cuts in funding, however following a period of campaigning, fundraising and a restructure in January 2012 the former workers re-opened the refuge initially on a purely voluntary basis as a new charity with a new board of trustees. The need for the service has been clear throughout with many women and children being turned away from refuges across the country every day at their time of need. The refuge is, unfortunately always full with the need for support being greater than the capacity of the services across England that are available.

Nottingham Central Women's Aid is now once again an independently run registered charity- number 1146410 and a registered company. We now have some funding in place for our small team of part time support workers but rely heavily on our fantastic team of volunteers to continue our work.

Many of our team including volunteers and our board of directors are survivors of domestic violence, we work to the ethos of 'Women supporting women'.

We rely on good will donations and fundraising to continue running the service and provide all the facilities and items needed for the families in crisis who access our service. We would welcome any financial or other support that individuals or organisations can offer to help us to continue helping the women, children and families that we support.

Our aims are to promote the protection of women and children who have experienced or are experiencing domestic or sexual violence and abuse and to provide temporary safe accommodation on request. In Women's Aid's view, domestic violence is physical, psychological, sexual or financial violence that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship and forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. This includes forced marriage, so-called 'honour' crimes and female genital mutilation.

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