Woman’s Trust is a domestic violence charity supporting women. We provide one to one counselling, to enable women to overcome the debilitation of abuse and regain control of their lives.
Woman's Trust was established in 1995 by domestic violence survivors, counsellors and women, to address the substantial gap in mental health support to women affected by domestic violence in London.
Whilst the physical effects of domestic violence is visible and recognised and intervention support funded, the mental health effects of abuse are less visible, less recognised and not funded as well. Yet the mental health affects are longer lasting and unaddressed will affect a woman's future.
Woman's Trust is women-led and aims to provide specialist mental health and emotional support services which empower women affected by domestic violence to make positive choices in their lives and live free from violence and abuse.
We offer free one-to-one counselling, support groups, self development workshops and court advocacy for women in London.
The provision of client-led services is central to Woman's Trust's ethos and is in keeping with its Person-Centred approach to counselling.
Services take into account the needs of women on low incomes, mothers, those from black and ethnic minority communities and non English speakers, who may otherwise be unable to access this kind of support. We provide locally based services, daytime and evening sessions, disabled access, childcare and a hardship fund to help with travel costs. Counselling is provided in a variety of languages through trained volunteer counsellors from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.
Woman's Trust aims to:
- To provide court advocacy for women affected by domestic violence who are going to court. To inform women of the process and support them through it, accompanying them as required.
- To raise awareness of the mental health affects of domestic violence and strategically influence the provision of quality mental health support to women affected by violence and abuse.
- To provide one to one Person-Centred/Humanistic counselling to women through trained counselling volunteers, so that women may have the opportunity to talk about their experiences and fears.
- To provide support groups so that women affected by domestic violence can know that they are not alone, can talk to each other and provide support to each other.
- To provide self development workshops so that women can learn or re-learn skills that may help them cope with day to day life.
Established: August 1995
Registered Charity Number: 1143513
Board members: 8
Full time staff: 2
Part time staff: 4
Phone number: 020 7034 0303
Address: Lighthouse West London 111-117 Lancaster Road London W11 1QTView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website