Support for Women
You can ring the Helpline on 0808 808 2241 for advice and support, to find out which services can help and to get in touch with other services. Or you can contact organisations directly.In an emergency ring 999. Domestic abuse is taken very seriously by the police.
Services for women experiencing domestic abuse:
- Action Against Domestic Abuse in all Forms (ADAF): Domestic Abuse Floating Support Service
- Action Domestic Abuse Service – Outreach Project
- Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (IDVAS)
- Sanctuary Scheme
- Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for South Yorkshire
- Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (SRASAC)
- Sheffield Area Refuge and Support (SARAS)
- Sheffield Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service (SWCTS)
- Sheffield Working Women’s Opportunities Project (SWWOP)
- VIDA Sheffield
- Young Women’s Housing Project (YWHP)
Action Against Domestic Abuse in all Forms (ADAF): Domestic Abuse Floating Support Service
Telephone: 01709 821 251 Website: www.actionorg.uk
ADAF aims to prevent people from becoming homeless because of domestic abuse. They provide tenancy support to people who are affected by domestic abuse and need help to manage and maintain their own accommodation. The service is available to women and men in Sheffield (age 16+) who have either left abusive relationships or are still with the perpetrator. People can self-refer or any workers can make referrals on people’s behalf.
ADAF can help you to:
- stay safe in your home (including getting extra security)
- prevent eviction, get somewhere permanent to live and possibly move home
- settle in a new area (find schools, doctors and other services you need)
- apply for grants and get furniture
- get injunctions, deal with child contact arrangements and support you emotionally at court
- help you rebuild your confidence and self-esteem and think about your future (including training and work opportunities)
ADAF is a service within Action and is funded by a Sheffield City Council ‘Supporting People’ grant.
Action Domestic Abuse Service – Outreach Project
Telephone: 0114 270 6999
This city wide outreach project delivered by Action, works with men and women who are experiencing domestic abuse, when they are still in an abusive relationship, attempting to leave or have already left. The service delivers specialist, flexible and responsive support packages to meet a range of needs in a range of community settings. The service offers:
- A wide range of practical and emotional support and advocacy to wherever you live in the city
- Telephone support, home visits, one-to-one, drop-ins and group support work and planning with you the support you need
- Safety planning, needs and risk assessment
- Work with other agencies to help increase your safety and your children’s
- Advice and signposting regarding civil and criminal legal options
- Signposting service for referrals to other specialist agencies; BME services, mental health, drugs and alcohol, counselling, housing, advice centres and legal services.
- Support to stay safely in your own home if that is your choice e.g. help with home security
Power to Change Group Work Programme
Telephone: 0114 270 6999
Power to Change is an educational self-help group for women coming out of an abusive relationship which focuses on changing patterns of learned behaviour. It can also be appropriate for women still with the abusers. Sessions take place on a Friday from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.
The main aims are:
- To change patterns of behaviour learned by women within abusive relationships
- To raise awareness of women’s basic rights
- To build self-esteem, self-determination and empowerment
If you are interested in taking part in this group, or want to find out more, please ask to speak to Niagat or Janice at ADAS by calling us on 0114 270 6999, or speak to your support worker.
Telephone: 0808 808 2241 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you call the Helpline they can listen to you, help you make sense of your situation and put you in touch with the right service. Or you can email them and let them know how and when it’s safe to get in touch with you. The Helpline is open 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, Monday to Friday except bank holidays.
Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (IDVAS)
Telephone: 0114 249 3920 Website: www.actionhousinguk.org
The Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (provided by Action Housing and Support) offers independent and impartial support for all high risk victims of domestic abuse. All staff are trained to deliver specialist support, working in partnership with multiple agencies and the service user, with the aim of increasing the safety of the individual and their dependents.
The team works using a multi agency approach with both statutory and non statutory organisations to provide support including but not exclusive to:
- Risk Assessments
- Safety Planning
- Crisis Intervention
- representing the victim’s views at the Multi agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
The priority of the IDVA is to increase the safety of victims providing short term intervention work aiming to reduce the risk of further domestic abuse and the effects it may have.
Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
No contact details: referral made by workers who feel women are high risk
MARAC is a twice-monthly meeting where different agencies talk about the risk of serious harm to people experiencing domestic abuse in their area and pool their knowledge of each case. They make safety plans to support those most at risk. The aim is to increase the safety and well-being of the adults and children involved, and to reduce the risk of them becoming repeat victims. Women or men can be referred to MARAC.
Sexual Assault Referral Centre
Telephone: 0330 223 3193
The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is a facility providing support to victims of rape and sexual assault in South Yorkshire. The service supports males and females aged 16 years and above. Services include: forensic medical examination, emergency contraception and immediate crisis support. Forensic Medical Examinations allow evidence to be collected that can be used in the investigation of a crime, but also for evidence to be collected and securely stored for a period of time, so that the victim has the option of supporting a criminal investigation at a later date. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO REPORT THE ATTACK TO THE POLICE.
Sheffield Area Refuge and Support
SARAS offer a safe, supportive space for women and their children to live after leaving abusive relationships.
You can contact SARAS if you are a woman (16 years+) with or without dependent children. The service accepts women with dependent sons and daughters of all ages. SARAS can support you regardless of your sexual orientation, ethnicity or nationality. If you have a disability please contact SARAS to see if they can meet your needs. The service is accessible to women who have complex needs, such as drug or alcohol misuse issues and/or mental health support needs as long as those needs can be safely met in the accommodation available.
SARAS currently has two sites in the city, and women and their children will be housed for up to 6 months in the most suitable accommodation for their needs as described below. All the refuges are confidential addresses and have a range of security measures in place to help to keep you safe e.g. CCTV, door entry systems. You do not have to share a bedroom with another family and you do not have to leave your room or the refuge during the day.
SARAS contact details are as follows:
Referral line: 0114 242 6887
Website currently under construction: www.SARAS.org.uk
Sheffield Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre (SRASAC)
Office: 241 2766.
We offer a professional and confidential service, for women and men (aged 16 upwards) who have experienced sexual abuse and /or rape at any time in their life, in a safe and friendly environment. We offer direct services to victims of sexual crime including specialist face to face counselling, and telephone helpline support.
The counselling service is for women and men (aged 16 upwards) who are survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Self referral is preferred by phone, email or letter. We also provide an Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy Service in Sheffield, which is managed centrally by DRASACS (Doncaster). The service is available to adult men and women (ISVA), children & young people (CHISVA) who have been a victim of sexual violence, by professional referral
Telephone: 0114 273 6306
Sanctuary Scheme is a Sheffield City Council Housing Solutions service for people who cannot leave their homes but fear an attack from an ex-partner or family member. They can provide home security including window and door locks, personal alarms, fire-proof letter boxes and in extreme cases, safe rooms within the property. You should contact the Housing Advice Line on the number above and ask about the Sanctuary Scheme, to see if you are eligible.
Telephone: 0114 2584489 Website: www.sheffieldmind.co.uk
Sheffield Mind offers a free individual counselling service to men and women and some group work including supportive social groups and an art group.
Sheffield Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service (SWCTS)
Telephone: 0114 275 2157 Website: www.swcts.org.uk Text: 07742 533 603.
SWCTS provides free, confidential counselling and psychotherapy for women aged 16 and over who have experienced some form of abuse or trauma at any time in their lives. This includes rape or sexual abuse, emotional abuse or neglect, domestic abuse and other forms of trauma.
Our base is in a discreet, comfortable, women-only building not far from Sheffield city centre. Our counsellors and psychotherapists all share a commitment to a respectful, supportive and confidential relationship in which women can explore ways of helping themselves. We understand that it can be hard to find help and you may have worries about coming for counselling. We provide a helpful and friendly service in a women-only environment, so if you’d like to find out more please get in touch.
Sheffield Working Women’s Opportunities Project (SWWOP)
Telephone: 0114 2752040 Website: www.swwop.org
Outreach work: SWWOP provides a mobile outreach service, four evenings per week to any female street sex worker, working in Sheffield. During outreach, women can access condoms, clean needles, rape alarms, sandwiches and soup. SWWOP also provide advocacy information/advice, signposting and support to access and attend appointments. SWWOP has been working with female street sex workers in Sheffield since 1992 and have a lot of workers including volunteers with a lot of experience of the issues involved in sex work.
Support to exit sex work: As well as the outreach work, SWWOP offers intensive support to women wanting to exit sex work and drugs and make positive lifestyle changes, this includes access to drug treatment agencies and drugs counselling. SWWOP also provides daytime support which includes activities, alternative therapies and they have partnerships with many of the mainstream and voluntary sector projects in the city.
Telephone: 0114 275 0101 Website: www.vidasheffield.org.uk
Sheffield vida (formerly Sheffield Domestic Abuse Forum) is an independent charitable organisation which has been working in Sheffield since 1994. We are committed to working in partnership with other voluntary and statutory agencies to bring a reduction in domestic abuse, by delivering a range of specialist services, training and campaigning to change people’s attitudes to domestic abuse:
- Training and events – to raise awareness and equip people to respond sensitively and effectively to domestic abuse (see website for details and dates : www.sdaf.org.uk)
- Development and delivery of specialist services – we are currently responsible for Eva Therapy Service
- Women’s Group is run by EVA and meets once a fortnight in a city centre location. It is open to women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse (including forced marriage and honour-based violence). There are activities such as making cards, painting cups, cake decorating or pampering. You’re welcome to join in as much or as little as you feel like, or just have a cup of tea and some cake if you don’t fancy it at all. You can also talk privately with a support worker or counsellor if you want to. Crèche and travel expenses are provided. If you would like to attend call Jane/Tracy on 0114 275 0101 for more information.
Young Women’s Housing Project
Telephone: 0114 2680580 Website: www.ywhp.org.uk
YWHP is a housing and support service for young women aged 16 to 25 who have been affected by sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual/domestic violence.
We are based in Sheffield, and provide safe places to live, and specialist support to help young women survivors overcome the effects of abuse, get on with living their lives, and achieve the futures they want. We offer supported accommodation in single, shared and family flats and houses. We also offer floating support for young women in their own tenancies.
“I can already see the benefits of living here. I’m making progress in terms of independent living in the future and re-building my life, getting back to “normality” in an environment where I feel safe and secure”.
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