IWD2017 & Domestic Abuse

As part of International Women's Day 2017, we posted one Tweet per hour to highlight the importance of providing support to those effected by domestic violence.


  1. Please feel free to share this Storify with friends, family or colleagues and help us work towards freedom from domestic abuse. A donation from you could transform the lives of women and children towards freedom from domestic abuse:

    • £5 pays for a welcome box for a child coming into refuge
    • £10 pays for a woman to attend a group work session to support her recovery
    • £15 pays to keep our helpline open for a day
    • £20 provides a room for a family fleeing domestic violence for one night

  2. At our Information Sessions we offer advice and general information, 1:1 support & legal advice from one of our volunteer solicitors. We can also refer you into other services within Survive from which you may benefit. While our Freedom Programme is our group work programme for people who have experienced domestic abuse, to help them recover from their experiences, recognise potential future abusers and recognise the effects of domestic abuse on children. It also supports them to help each other and form a network of support. Isolation often forms a central part of domestic abuse.

  3. Our Children and Young People's service provides specialist group programmes, parent support, 1:1 outreach and interactive workshops in Schools. We tailor our support to what you need and go at the pace you are happy with. We do fun, creative activities with you that build up your knowledge of healthy and unhealthy relationships and that increase your confidence and self-esteem. We also have a mentor service. This is made up of trusted volunteers who will meet on a 1:1 basis with boys aged 8 to 17 to talk or do activities together.

  4. Our Support Line is open 9.30am – 12:30pm and 1pm – 4pm every weekday (excluding bank holidays). You can get advice and support by calling 0117 961 2999. Our Support Line workers are happy to take your call, whether you are a woman who is experiencing/has experienced domestic violence or abuse, or you are supporting someone in that position. However, to make a referral into one of our services we do ask that the woman calls herself. This allows us to work out the best possible way to support her and gives the opportunity for us to make a thorough risk assessment of her current situation.

  5. Each Refuge has a Support Worker based there several days a week who works with each woman individually. As well as helping new families to settle in, they provide emotional support to help the woman process her experiences, practical support to help the family stay safe and to enable the family to move towards independent living both within refuge, and when they are ready to move on.

  6. Find out how you can get involved by visiting the Survive website.