West Cornwall Women’s Aid (WCWA) has been working in the field of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (DASV) in West Cornwall for over 30 years.
WCWA was established in 1987 by a group of female volunteers who initially ran a Helpline in Penzance. Our research established the level of need for safe accommodation for women and children wishing to escape DASV.
A campaign to raise the profile of the project and findings from the research resulted in the acquisition of suitable premises which became an operational refuge in 1992; retaining an office and support services in central Penzance. A second property was acquired in 1995. We can accommodate up to 11 women and 16 children. This is a UK wide resource.
The Community Service Development Project was established in 2001, for women and children living in West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly experiencing DASV. We provide Helpline, Outreach, Counselling and Group Work Programmes.
It is well documented that where women and children are forced to flee the county this often serves to compound their difficulties - loss of family and friends, loss of local connection and disruption to education.
The effectiveness of the Community Services Development Project is due to early intervention, prevention and protection; intervention type is defined by the victim, preventing the breakdown of family structures and sustainable community support. Unique to DASV provision in Cornwall our local services are not time limited.
Values Underpinning our Service
To provide positive interventions for women and children experiencing domestic abuse
To drive active and transparent partnerships with service users, colleagues and other agencies
To support women to take control of their own lives
To promote confidentiality and equal access to services
To work with hope