Partnering with Women's Aid
To support the third pillar of our social value policy, we’ve formed a partnership with Women's Aid
Women’s Aid is a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services in England and build a future where domestic abuse is not tolerated.
For many women, when they first disclose they are experiencing domestic abuse no one listens to them. No one consults them about how to stop the abuse, despite the fact that nobody knows the abuser better than they do.
Often women who disclose abuse are assessed by domestic abuse professionals for risk, and then divided into categories. Those at “standard” or “medium” risk are left to fend for themselves, or offered an hour of counselling a week with little support to escape their abuser.
Not surprisingly, many women struggle to escape the abuse permanently, build their independence, and get their lives back.
Creating change that lasts
Women’s Aid have decades of experience working with survivors, and the evidence of research, has taught them a better way. By listening to women they can provide help earlier and make sure its effects actually last.
Change That Lasts is an approach that places the survivor at the heart and builds responses around her needs and the strengths and resources available to her.
Too often this approach is considered too complicated and too expensive. So to make it clearer, they have created an infographic to represent a women’s journey and the journey she could have taken. This illustrates the enormous cost, in human and financial terms, of not listening to women and responding to their needs.
How Methods can help
Over the course of the year, we are going to be running a number of support, training, and strategy initiatives, as well as fundraising for Women’s Aid to support the costs of the charity in their endeavors.