Sefton’s Women’s and Children’s Aid (SWACA) support women, young people and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence or abuse.
These victims are often trapped in terrifying situations that they are unable to escape without help.
SWACA aim to support these families and enable them to live safely and free from the fear of domestic abuse, whilst remaining in their own home. They offer programmes to women and young people that help restore self-esteem, build confidence levels and ultimately support victims in moving forward to develop a future life that is not defined by their experience of domestic abuse.
Children often witness the abuse that is taking place and/or are direct victims of it. SWACA offer these children a safe space to explore their feelings, wishes and worries in order to recover from their experience.
When the lockdown ends SWACA expect an increase in the number of referrals they receive from families and will urgently need more front-line staff to support these victims.