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ABOUT GLASGOW WOMENS AID

Our History

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Our History

We were established in 1973 during the second wave of the women’s liberation movement – a period where activists collectively recognized that there was a need to provide support and safe refuge to women experiencing domestic abuse. Initially, our focus was on women’s experiences, but as the organization evolved our focus included children and young people. Our organization was built by pioneering women volunteers on donations alone. Built upon these grassroots, feminist principles, we have expanded year after year whilst maintaining these feminist values. We are now funded through Glasgow City Council, The Scottish Government, and other funders to allow us to provide the best service we can for women, children, and young people experiencing domestic abuse.

Our support and advocacy services include

  • Safe, anonymous refuges for women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse
  • Crisis support helpline and drop in service (drop-ins temporarily suspended due to Covid-19)
  • Child Contact Group for survivors going through the court ordered child contact system
  • Survivor-led peer-support groups
  • ‘Enough!!’ – a support service for young women experiencing abuse in their relationships
  • Advocacy services (IDAA and MARAC)
  • Play therapy services for children experiencing domestic abuse
  • Group support sessions
  • Outreach services for women, children and young people
  • Follow on services for women, children and young people

We work from a feminist perspective which acknowledges that the root cause of the abuse of women and children is the imbalance of power which exists within our society and allows some people to have more power than others. We also use our expert knowledge of domestic abuse to educate on related issues and campaign for equality. Our educational services include:

  • Bespoke ‘Domestic Abuse Awareness Training’ for individuals and workplaces
  • Prevention workshops on domestic abuse in schools
  • Campaigns on issues relating to domestic abuse
  • Domestic-abuse resources for the general public, professionals and survivors.

The development of our service provision over the last 40 plus years has been guided by the women, children and young people that we have supported. They have been our inspiration.

We are affiliated with Scottish Women's Aid and are one of over 40 women's aid groups throughout Scotland.

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About Us

We were established in 1973 during the second wave of the women’s liberation movement – a period where activists collectively recognized that there was a need to provide support and safe refuge to women experiencing domestic abuse. Initially, our focus was on women’s experiences, but as the organization evolved our focus included children and young people.