Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid has been awarded Stage Two of the Women’s Aid National Quality Mark, demonstrating that it provides a high quality of service to women, children and young people experiencing domestic violence in North Nottinghamshire. The Women’s Aid Quality Standards are national standards which measure the quality of specialist domestic violence services on a number of factors, including:
- physical and emotional recovery;
- rights and access;
- safety and dignity;
- and sustainability and autonomy.
The panel praised Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid for the integrity of its survivor-focused, feminist approach to supporting women and children survivors of domestic violence. The organisation has been commended for its openness to women with complex needs and no recourse to public funds and the support provided to women in refuge with substance misuse and mental health issues, and to women whose first language is not English was deemed exemplary. The panel also acclaimed Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid for its empowering and supportive approach to women’s autonomy and for providing excellent opportunities for women and children to participate in community life. Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid demonstrates excellent partnership working and takes a clear strategic role in developing Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) work within the county.
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid Federation England said:
“We are very proud to award Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid our National Quality Mark for their excellent work supporting women, children and young people in North Nottinghamshire. Specialist, high-quality domestic violence services can make the difference between a full, independent life and living in fear of your life for women escaping abuse. The hard work and dedication of the team at Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid is making that difference, and I thank them for the very high quality of the service they provide.”
Mandy Green, Head of Services at Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid said:
“We are delighted to receive Stage Two of the WAFE Quality Standard Mark and ensure the Women’s Aid ethos remains at the centre of everything we do. I would like to thank all our staff and volunteers who continue to work tirelessly with such passion and commitment to keeping women, children and young people safe.”