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Our history

Who we are

A little bit about us

Newcastle Women’s Aid was established in 1975. A group of women who were living and working in the city became concerned at the lack of emergency accommodation for women and their children who were at risk of domestic abuse. Safe spaces for women were quite often the front room of a volunteer’s home. The volunteers embarked on a campaign and lobbied the local authority, and a small house was provided which was set up as the city’s first refuge and one of the first in England.

It went from strength to strength, securing a six-bedroom refuge in Walker and continued to develop over the years.

In 2017, Newcastle Women’s Aid relocated to the city centre. With growing public awareness of domestic abuse, we were able to increase our resources and expand our service provision to include outreach and aftercare support for women who were experiencing domestic abuse but who didn’t want to go into refuge.

In our time, we’ve helped thousands of women and children to stay safe and take steps towards a brighter future.

We recognise that violence against women results from the unequal position of women in society. That’s why our services are run by women. No men are involved in the decision making process of Newcastle Women’s Aid.

How you can support us

As a charity, we rely entirely on funding and donations to help us continue this vital and life-saving service. There are lots of ways you can support us and make sure we’re here for the thousands of women and girls who need our help.