We are part of a worldwide feminist movement which is working for a better future in which equality of opportunity and real choice is available to all.

Our work is rooted in the principles of non-violence, self-help, best practice and working in partnership.

All Women’s Aid services are developed in response to the needs of women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence. By listening and responding to the needs of women and children, Women’s Aid has built up a wealth of expertise about violence and abuse.

We believe:

  • violence against women is a manifestation of unequal power relationships between women and men at all levels of society
  • violence against women remains a historical and cultural feature of our society
  • the underlying cause of violence against women is the abuse of power and control by perpetrators
  • domestic violence is one form of violence against women
  • domestic violence is a violation of Article 5 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights – that “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”
  • women are not passive victims of domestic violence. With support women have the capacity to cope with and survive the violence and abuse they experience
  • children who are experiencing domestic violence benefit from a range of services and support, and some may need safeguarding from harm. Often, supporting a non-violent parent is the most effective way of promoting a child’s welfare

Our work is directed by four guiding principles.