Aims & History of NWAL

Our Aims

The aims of Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid Ltd are summed up in our mission statement:

“Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid Ltd endeavors to empower women and their dependants by sustaining a high level of support within our services to provide a safe environment with ongoing support, advice, counselling and learning opportunities together with emergency refuge accommodation. We provide an outreach service for women, young people and children, a supported housing scheme and a Women’s Centre in order to enable women to effect change in their lives”

Our History

In 1984 a group of women saw the need for a Refuge in Bassetlaw for Women, Young People and Children who were fleeing domestic abuse and formed an organisation known as Bassetlaw Women’s Aid Limited.

2003 saw a change in structure from a collective to linear management and in 2006 after consultation with its member’s Bassetlaw Women’s Aid Limited changed its name to Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid Limited.

Initially the organisation’s aims were to meet the immediate needs of Women, Young People and Children by providing support and a temporary place of safety in the Refuge however over the years the organisation has grown and developed services providing a range of support and accommodation services.

Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid now offers the following services:-

  • Domestic Abuse Support Service
  • Intervention and Recovery Services
  • Children’s & Young Peoples Domestic Abuse Support
  • Independent Domestic Violence Advocate Service
  • Refuge Support Services
  • The Farr Centre – Supporting Women, Young People and Children
  • Counselling Services
  • Educational and Learning Services
  • A comprehensive Volunteers Programme

Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid Limited is a Registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee governed by a board of trustees.


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