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About us

Peterborough Women’s Aid (PWA) is the only specialist domestic abuse service in Peterborough.

We provide safe and stable refuge accommodation for women and children fleeing high risk domestic abuse potentially at risk of homicide. PWA has delivered services since 1975.

The refuge accommodation comprises of 8 self-contained rooms for women and their children, supplemented by communal areas and facilities and on average supporting the throughput of approximately 31 women survivors and 50 children per year.

The refuge also has a dedicated provision for children and young people. Child Support Workers promote the welfare of children through providing appropriate levels of support to children e.g. helping children to express their feelings through play, and to cope with the changes in their lives.

Peterborough Women’s Aid has a specialist service for the Lithuanian Community in Peterborough. We provide awareness sessions for professionals around the barriers survivors from this community face. Our staff speak Lithuanian and support victims practically and emotionally.

We have an advice line, webchat and group work service for survivors who are living in the community. We facilitate the Own My Life Programme online and in person. We work in HMP Peterborough with female residents delivering awareness and empowering sessions. All our services are survivor-led and flexible to meet needs holistically. Our advice line is open to male victims.

Our mission

To provide a specialist response to domestic abuse and violence against women and girls; empower victims to be in control of their own future and create everlasting change.

Strategic objectives

We know that to make a lasting difference to the survivors of gender-based violence, we must offer a wide range of services that encompass the needs of the Peterborough community and surrounding areas. Peterborough Women’s Aid are committed to a whole system approach, prevention, awareness and intervention. Our strategic objectives reflect our passion to expand our services, ensuring all survivors have access to support.

Our values

These values shape the behaviours, culture and work of Peterborough Women’s Aid and they will strengthen our ability to support survivors of gender-based violence.

  • Partnership We will work in partnership with statutory agencies, charities, community groups and sister organisations to achieve our mission
  • Passion We will work with passion to support victims of gender-based violence.
    Empowerment We will empower victims to take back control of their lives.
  • Impartiality We will work in a non-judgemental and non-discriminatory way where everyone is welcomed and valued.
  • Peterborough We will provide specialist services tailored to the needs of the Peterborough community and surrounding areas.
  • Empowerment We will empower victims to take back control of their lives.