Woman’s Trust was formed in 1996 by female domestic violence survivors and counsellors to provide local specialist mental health support for women affected by domestic violence in London. We understand that domestic violence damages women’s mental health and makes them vulnerable to substance misuse, post-traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD), depression, isolation, self-harm and suicidal ideation. Woman’s Trust’s objective is to empower women to overcome the debilitating effects of domestic violence and regain control by improving their mental health. We enable clients to move on from their past, make good choices, better support their children, play an active role in the community and live free from abuse.
We provide free, women-only, client-led services to women affected by domestic violence in locations across East and West London. We offer hardship travel and childcare grants to enable access to all women.
Person-centred one-to-one counselling – One initial assessment session and then up to 18 sessions, at times and local venues to suit clients. We want women to regain their voice, feel valued and able to move on from abuse; resulting in better life chances for them and their children.
Self-development workshops – One day workshops for women to learn about types of abuse and the effects on survivors and their children. They learn strategies for staying safe, addressing their emotions and planning for the future.
Support Groups – These are peer support groups that run in 8 week blocks. The aim is to help women overcome the social isolation that domestic violence can create. Recent client feedback has led us to initiating two evening groups for working women.