Vision

A world where women have the resources to prevent domestic violence damaging their futures.

Mission

To help any woman in London affected by domestic violence and abuse to overcome the mental and emotional harm and rebuild her life, by providing women-only, client-led counselling and support services.

Our story

We were set up specifically to provide counselling for women; to help them address the impact of domestic abuse on their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Since 1996 we have specialised in developing bespoke services to meet the emotional and psychological needs of women who have experienced domestic abuse.

Our independent, confidential  services are specifically for women who have experienced:

  • domestic violence
  • emotional abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • financial abuse
  • controlling behaviour
  • other forms of domestic abuse

We provide a confidential, non-judgemental environment where survivors discuss their experiences and express their feelings with specially trained therapists.

Most importantly, we recognise that domestic abuse is about more than violent behaviour.

Our staff and volunteers are all female.

Abused women are more vulnerable to:

  • depression
  • substance abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • isolation
  • self-harm
  • thoughts about suicide

Our history at a glance

22

years in operation

15,120

women helped

40,725

counselling sessions delivered

Our approach to counselling and therapy

We know and understand the different ways abuse can impact women. But we also know everyone’s experience is different. We’re not here to tell people what to do or how to feel. In many cases, the women who come to us will have had enough people telling them that already.

Here at Women’s Trust, we use the person-centred approach to therapy. Our focus is less about our therapists being ‘the experts’ and more about giving women the time and space to express their feelings and discuss their experiences, in their own words and their own time. This is true of our counselling sessions and our support groups.

We follow the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2016).

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Our work with other agencies

Within the sector, we are known for the high quality of our professional mental health services, and as a training provider for front line workers.

We have strong links with the Greater London Domestic Violence Project and Women’s Aid, the Metropolitan Police, health care providers and the National Domestic Violence Helpline – all of whom make regular referrals to us.

Our primary concern will always be for the woman who is the survivor of abuse. We also have our own strict safeguarding policies and procedures, for example regarding child protection.

Confidentiality is important for the women that come to us. We don’t share any information on our clients without their consent, unless there’s a serious risk of harm to them or someone else.

It can be a long journey to recovery. We are here to listen, and to help.

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