Aylesbury Women’s Aid is a charity and company limited by guarantee, working with and on behalf of women and children who are or have lived with domestic violence. We were set up in 1986 by a small group of women who were concerned that there was no provision for women experiencing abuse by their partners.
Over the years we have developed from a very small start, with only volunteers to run a five-bedroom refuge. You can find out more about our history here. We now have 17 full and part time staff members, with a broad base of good practice and policies to work with. We offer a range of services from a purpose-built refuge rented from a housing association as well as a smaller property owned by Aylesbury Women’s Aid, with the capacity to hold 14 families/single women. We also offer outreach, Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) and counselling services from an office in Aylesbury Town Centre that clients can visit. This also includes the Freedom Programme, helping women who experienced domestic violence make sense of and understand what has happened to them, as well a range of support services for children and young people, who have been affected by domestic violence.
We work from a feminist perspective and are committed to the principle of self-help, encouraging women to determine their own futures, making information available in an accessible way and supporting women to make their own choices.
The purpose of Aylesbury Women’s Aid is:
“To exist for the benefit of all women and their children who are or have experienced physical, mental, emotional, financial or sexual abuse in their relationships and to offer support, information, advice, access to temporary safe accommodation and aftercare”
The services are based on five principles:
- The abused woman is of central importance.
- The need to empower women and enable them to regain control. Women’s Aid services are provided by women and for women.
- The value of the mutual support of other women who have similar experience.
- A commitment to caring for the emotional, developmental and educational needs of children affected by domestic violence.
- An open-door policy.
All women who would like to use the services are welcome, regardless of those with or without children, age, class, ethnic origin, disability, sexuality, nationality, religion or cultural beliefs.
Aylesbury Women’s Aid operates in the Vale of Aylesbury, which covers the towns of Aylesbury and Buckingham and the surrounding villages. See Map for the areas we cover.
Aylesbury Women’s Aid is affiliated to the Women’s Aid Federation (England) which was established for the benefit of abused women and their children mindful of the fact that domestic violence is a result of the general position of women in society. We have attained the Women’s Aid national quality standard, recognising the provision of high quality specialist domestic violence support services.
If you are an agency and you would like to make a referral to the services please complete an agency referral form.
Why the word
''Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?' Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general - but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender.
It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women. That the problem was not about being human, but specifically about being a female human. For centuries, the world divided human beings into two groups and then proceeded to exclude and oppress one group.
It is only fair that the solution to the problem should acknowledge that.'
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 'We should all be Feminists', Fourth Estate, 2014, pg41
The refuge and the outreach office phone lines will be closed on the 25th – 27th December 2018 and the 1st January 2019. If you live in Buckinghamshire and need urgent advice you can contact us on 07742 162 484. Or you can contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. In case of […]Read More
Our Annual Report for 2017 / 18 is now published. Our key statistics for the year were: 74 women and 81 children stayed at the refuge and 131 refuge spaces were found for families from the Aylesbury vale area in other locations 263 women used the outreach service with an additional 388 helpline calls from […]Read More
We are looking for female volunteers to support our Child Development Worker when taking children who live in the refuge on trips and visits during the school holidays. This can be to the park, the cinema or further afield. This is a great opportunity for those looking to work with children and assist the children living […]Read More