Shakti Women’s Aid understands the importance of being listened to, being believed and not being judged. We also understand that it is crucial that you know that there is a way out of abuse and that you do have choices. Shakti Women’s Aid will give you support for what your wishes are and to allow you to gain control of your life.
The core values under which we work have developed from what our service users have told us would be most helpful to them.
Shakti Women’s Aid’s Commitments
- Is committed to providing support, information and help to any woman, child or young person, especially those from Black Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, who asks for such help;
- Is committed to providing temporary safe accommodation to women and their children where the women have suffered abuse (mental, physical or sexual) in their home or within a relationship with a partner or ex partner and other members of the family or household.;
- Recognises that because a woman seeks accommodation and support, it does not always mean she wants to end her relationship;
- Aims to help women to make their own decisions and not to make those decisions for them. Believes that all women have an equal right to make decisions, which affect their lives;
- Recognises children and young people’s own individual experiences, rights and needs when it comes to experiencing domestic abuse and is committed to providing a support service that meets those individual needs;
- Is committed to ensuring that refuge accommodation is pleasant and safe for children and young people; that their needs are met and they are well supported by workers whilst living in refuge;
- Strives to make the office, refuge and play areas accessible to all children and young people and accessible for service users with mobility problems and disability;
- Will work in partnership with relevant statutory and voluntary agencies to ensure the best outcome for women, children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse;
- Will campaign on behalf of BME women, children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse to encourage statutory authorities and other agencies to recognise their obligations, legal and otherwise, towards women, children and young people who experience domestic abuse;
- Will promote education and information within the wider community with respect to the abuse of women and its prevention.