Domestic Violence Support at Derby Women’s Centre


Domestic violence is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (which can take a number of different forms including psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adult partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. According to Women’s Aid, one in four women will experience domestic abuse during their lives and sadly, an average of 2 women per week die due to domestic violence.
At Derby Women’s Centre, we are a leading provider of domestic violence support in the Derbyshire area. We offer support to women who have experienced any form of domestic violence. Our domestic violence services include the Freedom Programme ( a support group aimed at survivors of domestic abuse) and counselling support. Less obviously, our range of social and creative activities can help women who have experienced domestic abuse to rebuild confidence and self esteem, reduce isolation and make new friends in a relaxed and friendly setting. All of our services are confidential and non-judgemental.

Take a look at the following leaflet for advice on domestic violence, especially with regards to leaving the situation as safely as possible. Many of the worst incidents happen when the victim attempts to leave an abusive relationship, largely because the abuser begins to realise that they have lost their control.

Counselling

Our low cost women’s counselling service supports women through a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, stress and trauma following abuse. It can be helpful to talk through your situation in a confidential and supportive environment. You will be invited for an initial assessment roughly 6-8 weeks after being added to the waiting list.

Take a look at our Counselling page for more information on the service. Referrals can be made via downloading, completing and returning a referral form (available on the Counselling page) or by calling 01332 341633 and going through the referral form with a staff member. You will then be added to the waiting list.

The Freedom Programme (English Speaking)

The Freedom Programme is a domestic violence support group that runs in 12-week cycles, though women can join at any time. The programme is for women who have been affected by domestic violence but it is also open to women who want to learn more about the realities of domestic violence. It aims to help women to gain a better understanding of the beliefs held by abusive men, illustrate the effects of domestic violence on children, improve the confidence and self-esteem of women who have been affected by domestic violence, and provide a supportive environment.

We try to make the programme as flexible as possible for those who want to attend. If you cannot complete a 12-week cycle in its entirety, please do not feel that you are not able to access support. It is absolutely fine to get involved at a convenient point and to “catch up” missed sessions in a subsequent cycle to complete the programme.

When? Thursdays, 10am–noon. The programme runs on a drop-in basis so there is no need to register a place.

The Freedom Programme (Urdu/Punjabi Speaking)

The Freedom Programme is a domestic violence support group that runs in 12-week cycles, though women can join at any time. The programme is for women who have been affected by domestic violence but it is also open to women who want to learn more about the realities of domestic violence. It aims to help women to gain a better understanding of the beliefs held by abusive men, illustrate the effects of domestic violence on children, improve the confidence and self-esteem of women who have been affected by domestic violence, and provide a supportive environment.

We have running the Freedom Programme for a number of years and are now extending this to focus on victims of domestic abuse who speak Punjabi or Urdu. This Freedom Programme is for Asian women, who do not speak English, feel isolated and are suffering from domestic abuse (whether it be physical, emotional, financial or sexual).  Its aims are:

  • To help women to understand the beliefs held by abusive men and the tactics of the Dominator
  • To illustrate the effects of Domestic Violence on children
  • To help women gain self-esteem and the confidence to improve the quality of their lives
  • To introduce women to community support

When? The current cycle has just finished and we are currently taking registrations for an upcoming cycle, which we anticipate will continue to be on Tuesday afternoons. Give us a call on 01332 341633 to express your interest in attending sessions of the next cycle. 

Legal Support

We offer free family law advice in partnership with Nelsons solicitors. One of the solicitors specialises in supporting victims of domestic abuse. Please note that one of the solicitors is male so please let us know when booking an appointment if you would only like to see a female solicitor.

When? Wednesday lunchtimes, by appointment only. Please call us on 01332 341633 for availability and to book.

Financial Support and Advice

Leaving an abusive relationship can often result in financial difficulties. We offer advice and support regarding debt issues and entitlement to benefits to help you to get back on track.

When? Weekdays by appointment. Please call us on 01332 341633 to arrange an appointment with our support worker.

Our Social & Creative Activities

While our social and creative activities don’t specifically address domestic violence, many service users who have been victims of domestic violence have found them useful for rebuilding their lives and improving their self-esteem. Take a look at the Social & Creative page for details of our current and upcoming activities.

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