Safe Accommodation for Women and Children in Renfrewshire
Refuges represent a physical response to domestic abuse by providing a vital lifeline to women and children forced to leave their homes. They provide physical security through additional and considered safety measures. As importantly, refuges respond to domestic abuse by also providing emotional safety that relates to the impact of the trauma caused by domestic abuse. The emphasis is on providing an environment for women and children that provides comfort, a sense of control, safety and space for action that domestic abuse erodes. Here are a few questions and answers designed to put your mind at rest.
WHAT DO YOU OFFER?
Our accommodation is a place where you can feel safe and secure whilst deciding what to do next.
The decision to leave your home and partner is always a difficult one; you may have hopes that you can return home, or you might have made the choice that you will never go back. Either way, we offer the chance to talk things through in a neutral and safe environment. There will also be the opportunity to talk to other women in similar situations where you can offer support and assistance to each other.
Our accommodation comprises self-contained and fully furnished flats. During your stay we provide support workers for both you and your children.
WHAT ABOUT MY PERMANENT HOUSING SITUATION?
There is always the choice to return home, possibly with a legal interdict or exclusion order. Alternatively you may wish to be rehoused in Renfrewshire, or another area. Whatever choice you make we will provide you with all the help and information you need, including advice on what to do about mortgages and joint property.
HOW LONG CAN I STAY?
Although our accommodation is temporary, this could be anything from one night to a few months, depending on your need. You decide what that need is and we will support you in the decision.
WHAT ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY?
Confidentiality is taken very seriously at Renfrewshire Women’s Aid. Anything you discuss with us is in complete confidence, unless we are concerned that a child is at risk. In this rare situation we would always try to talk to you, the mother, first.
To ensure the safety of all the women and children the accommodation address must be kept secret at all times. This confidentiality also applies to the other women and children in the accommodation and information should never be given out about where they are.
Please get in touch if you need our help, we are available on the number above or you can send your enquiry through the form on our contact us page and someone will respond as soon as possible.