Derby Women’s Centre – Group Award Nominee – 2012

Derby Women’s Centre aim is to empower and support women who have experienced domestic violence and sexual abuse. To help women with drugs and mental health issues. Derby Women’s Centre is a sanctuary for vulnerable women. It was founded in 1978 by a group of local women who decided to host meetings in their own homes to tackle the needs of women in their community. Since then, Derby Women’s Centre has become an invaluable resource for all women in and around Derbyshire.

The service users who come into the Centre include vulnerable women, women who have suffered domestic abuse, women with mental health problems including common anxieties, depression, eating disorders, sexual abuse, relationship problems, bereavement and cultural.

One of the ways that the Women’s centre has tried to bring about change is through educating and empowering women through courses such as our 12 week Freedom Programme, which provides information about domestic violence. The programme helps women to understand the beliefs held by the abusers and to illustrate the effects of domestic violence on children.  In turn, this aids women to gain self-esteem and the confidence to improve the quality of their lives and to introduce them to community support.