Bexley Women’s Aid provides a variety of services in the community to support women and children affected by domestic abuse.
Floating Support offers support, advice, information and assistance to women and children affected by domestic abuse, enabling them to maximise their independence in the community and manage an independent tenancy.
It is for women who:
- Are coming out of a refuge or other safe, temporary accommodation and taking up tenancy
- Have left a shared home to set up on their own
- Are living alone after the abusive partner has left
The Floating Support service aims to offer a point of contact for women affected by domestic abuse and is committed to providing a safe sensitive, non-judgmental and non-oppressive support service. Support officers can provide information on setting up a new home, managing debt, budgeting skills/financial management, dealing with legal issues, signposting or referring to services offering employment or education, welfare for children such as schools, play schemes, doctors, dentist, and finally being a listening ear.
Support groups and one to one advice available for women in the community to help them deal with the effects of domestic abuse.
PACT – Positive Assertiveness and Confidence Training Group
This training for women is provided by BWA. The group is for those women who have experienced or who are experiencing domestic abuse and live in the Borough of Bexley. The Assertiveness course and the Confidence course run for six weeks each. Term time only from 10 am – 12 noon on Tuesdays. Crèche is provided on site.
The Freedom Programme runs for 12 consecutive weeks (term time only). This free programme is for any woman who wishes to learn more about the reality of domestic violence and abuse.
The programme aims to:
- help women understand the beliefs held by abusive men and in so doing, recognise which of these beliefs they have shared
- illustrate the effects of domestic violence on children
- assist women in recognising potential future abusers
- help women gain self-esteem and the confidence to improve the quality of their lives
- introduce women to community resources