Children looking down into camera!
We've had a really great, if busy, few months, hence the slight delay in our latest report. Please accept our apologies. We have had great news, HALT Domestic Violence has merged with Leeds Women's Aid (LWA). Our project of working with young women and girls has a great new home, and we now have so many different services for women and girls in Leeds. We have been busy working to keep young women and girls safe.
On average two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales
130,000 children within the UK are currently living with Domestic Abuse
In 2016 the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage in 1,428 cases (80% of whom were female)
We have a working name of LWA incorporating HALT and are now the largest women’s charitable organisation in Leeds. We provide a range of the very best services for vulnerable women and girls with a multiple and complex needs along with victims and survivors of: domestic, sexual & honour based violence and abuse; forced marriage; trafficking; stalking and harassment.
HALT (Help, Advice and the Law Team) was responsible for the delivery of the Independent Domestic Violence advocacy (IDVA) service in Leeds. HALT was established in 1994 working with victims of domestic, sexual and honour based violence, stalking and forced marriage. It was the first advocacy project of its kind in the UK, and many other areas of the country have developed similar projects.
Leeds Women’s Aid (LWA) was established in 1973 and opened the second refuge in the country. LWA provide community based support and emergency refuge accommodation for women and children affected by domestic violence and women who have been trafficked into the sex industry. LWA is the lead agency in the Leeds Domestic Violence (LDVS) Consortium and the Big Lottery funded Women’s Lives Leeds (WLL) project.
We have the provision to house up to 44 women and 100 children at any one time; we are working with over 200 women, young women and girls across Leeds every day, to help them be safer, happier, healthier and more secure.
Please stay with us for the next stage in our journey and join in when you can.
Thank you for being a supporter and for believing in us!
All the team at LWA incorporating HALT :)