In May 1974 Sue, our Project Manager, watched a documentary on
television called "Scream Quietly or the Neighbours Will Hear".
To say this was an eye opener for her is an understatement,
she had not been aware that this abhorrent treatment of women and
children existed. Her cosy life as a secretary soon changed.
That same year Midlands Women's Aid became a reality and opened
its refuge in August 1976
We work with women and children
who are experiencing or trying to escape domestic violence and who
are dealing with its effects and consequences. We employ workers,
who are all women to provide advice, support and information services
for you. We also use women volunteers who give their time
to help us provide our services to women and children living with
and escaping domestic violence.
What is a Refuge?
A refuge is a confidential address where women and children
can go if they are escaping domestic violence.
A refuge is a safe place where there are staff available to support
you in deciding what you want to do next.
Don't worry if you feel confused or upset when you first arrive.
Everybody feels like this. We and the other women in
the refuge will help you to settle in and get used to things. As
part of settling you into the refuge, a refuge support worker will:
- show you around the refuge, including your own room and
the communal areas
- introduce you to the other people who are staying in the
- make sure you have things to eat or drink for the first
24 hours. After that, we can help you to get shopping
and collect personal belongngs
- help you to complete any paperwork you need to claim benefits
if you are eligible for these
- explain the house rules to you
- check that you understand everything and are comfortable
Don't worry if you can't take everything in at once. We
are always on hand to answer any of your questions.