ABOUT SWA

WE ARE A GLOBAL
COMMUNITY
CHANGING
DOMESTIC ABUSE

ABOUT SWA

WE BELIEVE EVERY PERSON DESERVES THE CHOICE TO LIVE WITH DIGNITY NOT DEPENDENCE

OUR VISION

Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service is committed to empowering and supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse; By providing a range of flexible and accessible services that promote positive change. Using our knowledge and expertise we inform policy and raise awareness to protect and keep victims and survivors safe.

Our Heritage

Swindon Women’s Aid was established on 25 August 1975 by Jenni Manners (MBE) and was one of the first operational refuges outside of London. Since 1975 we have helped several thousand victims and survivors to leave their perpetrators and start new lives which are free from violence and abuse.

In April 2012, Swindon Women’s Aid was commissioned by Swindon Borough Council to deliver a fully integrated domestic abuse service for residents within the Swindon area. This new contract enabled us to move from our smaller refuge in the Park South area of Swindon into a purpose-built refuge where we can accommodate up to 22 families and which is adapted for disabled use. We also established an outreach service to support victims and survivors of DVA who needed support to exit their abusive relationships but who wished to remain living in the community.

We have a Children’s and Young People’s strand to the charity, where we support children living in our refuge and deliver targeted preventative work in local schools and colleges to educate young adults and children in Healthy Relationships.

Our Services

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Our People

We have a Board of Trustees, who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the strategic direction of the charity. The Chair of Trustees is Nicky Alberry.

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Chief Executive Officer
Emma Rawlings

Emma was appointed CEO in September 2019, she brings a wealth of Charity Leadership experience to Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Services. She was the Director of a Spiritual Retreat outside of Bath and worked as HR & Training Manager for a National Healthcare Charity. Prior to this, she was a Senior Manager in the Further Education Sector, heading up the Student Services Faculty of a large College in Somerset. She also has extensive experience in the Leadership of the Food Retail Sector, with new store openings across the South West.

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Our Partners

Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service works in partnership with a number of strategic organisations across Swindon and Wiltshire to tackle domestic abuse and to promote a zero-tolerance approach to Domestic Abuse.

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Empowering and supporting
victims and survivors of
domestic abuse




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HELPLINE: 01793 610 610

(staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

General Enquiries: 01793 864 984

Registered Postal Address:
Swindon Women’s Aid
PO Box 3816, Swindon
SN5 1BQ

Registered CharityNo: 1175148
Registered Charity
No: 1175148

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