Project information

Woman's Trust Core Funding

The mental health effects of domestic violence is not as widely recognised or funded as the physical affects. Yet it is longer lasting.

Woman's Trust aims to empower women to overcome the debilitating mental health effects of domestic violence through specialist couselling.


Charity information

Woman's Trust

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  • Need


    Women present with PTSD, depression, agoraphobia, suicidal ideation, self-harm, stress and anxiety sometimes long after their experience of domestic violence. Casework suggests that without addressing the psychological impact, women struggle to progress, with it affecting confidence, causing anxiety/depression up to 10 years on. In research by Woman's Trust and London Metropolitan University (2008), women affected by DV cited mental health services as crucial to recovery.


    Woman's Trust will provide: one to one specialist counselling to women; workshops; support groups; court advocacy; and will work strategically to raise awareness of the mental health effects of domestic violence and improve the provision of mental health support to women.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide client-led, services supporting and empowering women affected by domestic violence.


    » One to one person centred counselling provided by trained volunteer counsellors.
    » Self development workshops for women to learn or re-learn life skills to enable their empowerment.
    » Support groups where women affected by domestic violence can meet others with the same expereinces and support each other
    » Court advocacy where women going through the court process can receive support and information.

    We measure mental health outcomes using an adaptation of the Rosenberg and CORE evaluation questionnaires pre/post counselling to measure changes in mental health well-being

    Aim 2

    To raise awareness of the mental health effects of DV and strategically influence service provision.


    » Attending local and regional meetings informing service commissioners of findings of direct services.
    » Working in partnership with like minded agencies to improve mental health services to women affected by DV.

    We will measure success qualitatively by looking at the influence we have had on commissioners and the number of partnerships we have established.

  • Impact


    Women have a better understanding of the options available to them; will have increased confidence and self esteem; their ability to cope with difficulties and support their children will increase; their use of prescription drugs, suicidal ideation and self harm with reduce; and more women will leave a violent partner. We will measure this success through questionnaire before and after service take up. We will also find more and better support options for women needing mental health support.


    There is a low risk that we may not have enough volunteer counsellors to carry out one to one counselling, or that we may not have enough community partners to enable effective partnership working. We will address the former by advertising widely though colleges offering counselling training and building links with tutors. We will address the latter by not confining our partnership engagement to domestic violence organisations but to any organisation who may support women affected by DV.


    Donors will receive a quarterly e-mail update on the progress of the organisation detailing client statistics and strategic and partnership working and organisational developments.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Events Raising awareness for local women
      £10,000 Counselers Support for women counsellers.
      £10,000 Client support Literature, information and items provided for clients.
      £10,000 Emergency reserve Funds for a reserve per as needed
  • Background


    Woman's Trust is based in Ladbroke Grove. It is funded to provide counselling in East and West London but tries to support all women who approach it for support either directly or indirectly by referring them to a more appropriate local agency.
    In order to make services accessible to women, Woman's Trust provides services locally to boroughs it serves. It achieves this by partnering with other voluntary or statutory organisations working in the boroughs who are able to lend us space as needed.


    The beneficiaries will be women affected by domestic violence primarily in, but not excluded to, East and West London. They may be experiencing DV or may have experienced it in the past. The majority will be from low income backgrounds.

    Children of mothers who access our services will also benefit. As their mothers' mental health improves their life chances will improve and there will be a reduced chance that they will enter abusive or violent relationships.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Woman's Trust has been working to support women experiencing DV since 1995 and is a specialist in the field. Our Person-Centred approach to counselling has proved effective for our users with noted increases in self esteem and self confidence and a woman's ability to cope with her life. Reduction in self harm. suicidal ideation, drug and alcohol dependence.

    Our work has received funding over the years from statutory funders as well as trusts and foundations including the Lottery.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Heidi Riedel

    Heidi is the Director and overall responsibility for Woman's Trust effective functioning internally as well as strategically.