“It made me look at the whole situation and really opened my mind to what was going on. I did not appreciate what was going on until the Outreach Worker encouraged me to look at it and think about it more deeply. I did not recognise that I was experiencing emotional abuse. I came to the service very reluctantly, but I am so glad that I did. It was incredibly helpful and I could not fault it. Thank you”
Wycombe Women’s Aid’s Outreach Service is free of charge. It exists to help women living in the High Wycombe, South Bucks and Chiltern Districts of Buckinghamshire, who are, or have been abused by a partner or family member.
Wycombe includes Marlow, Lane End, Princes Risborough, Stokenchurch, Wooburn Green & Bourne End. Chiltern includes Amersham, Chesham, The Chalfonts, Great & Little Missenden, Prestwood & Seer Green. South Bucks includes Beaconsfield, Burnham, Denham, Gerrards Cross & Iver.
Any woman who lives in the Wycombe, South Bucks and Chiltern Districts of Buckinghamshire and feels she is being abused is welcome to use the service.
The Outreach Service can offer
- Someone to listen
- Someone to talk to either face to face or on the phone
- Information so that a woman can make her own choices
- Safety Planning
- Advocacy and support to visit solicitors, housing benefits agency, social services or any other situation where this may be needed.
- Support to prosecute the abuser
- Referrals to appropriate agencies
The Outreach service is a self-referral service and Wycombe Women’s Aid will always insist on speaking to the woman herself to confirm her request for support.
For more information or to self-refer, women can call the main helpline on 01494 461367 for signposting to specific Outreach workers. Alternatively, women can use the contact us form to send us a message.
The Outreach Service also offers a variety of groups for women living in the High Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks districts of Buckinghamshire. Details of these groups can be found further down this page. The Outreach service also offers an Open Door drop in service and a coffee morning and further information can be found in the leaflets below:
Asian Women’s Service
Please note that the Asian Women’s Service is currently not running (December 2017). We are recruiting for this post and hope to have the service operational again as soon as possible.
This is an Outreach Service specifically for Asian women living in the community who are, or have been, experiencing domestic violence. Women can access exactly the same support as described above, but in their first language of Urdu, Punjabi or Hindi.
Referrals can be made by any agency, or friends or family or by the woman herself. Wycombe Women’s Aid will always insist on speaking to the woman herself to confirm her request for support.
For more information or to make a referral please contact Iza (IDVA/Outreach Worker – Asian Women) on the Asian Women’s Helpline – 01494 446366. Or use our contact us form to send us a message.
“My whole life has changed. I have a solicitor that I saw at the office. I have left, I feel safe, I feel happy and I am fighting for my rights. It’s unbelievable”
Women’s Aid has access to and can deliver the Freedom Programme; a 12 week rolling course for women who have or are living with a violent partner. The programme is designed to help survivors of domestic violence make sense of their experiences. There are no groups during school holidays.
The Freedom Programme takes place on Thursday mornings between 10.00am and 11.30am at a venue in High Wycombe. It is facilitated by two Wycombe Women’s Aid workers. For more information please contact Denise on 07890 456907. The next group is starting on 18th January 2018 and will finish on 29th March 2018.
Wycombe Women’s Aid also facilitates a Freedom Programme on Friday mornings between 10.00am and 11.30am at a venue in Chesham, For more information please contact Anna (IDVA/Outreach worker) on 07483 993098. The next group is starting in January 2018.
Referrals will be accepted from individuals and statutory or voluntary agencies. Wycombe Women’s Aid will always speak with a woman directly before she attends the Freedom Programme for the first time.
You & Me, Mum
You & Me, Mum is a 10 week group work programme which aims to support women around understanding how domestic violence can impact on their relationships and parenting of their children. There are no sessions during school holidays. The group is open to any woman who has children and there are a maximum of 8 women per group.
The group takes place on Tuesday mornings between 10.00am and 12.00 noon at a venue in High Wycombe. The aim of the programme is ‘to provide a ten week self help programme which will empower, support and develop further understanding of your role as mothers, in addressing the needs of children and young people who have lived with domestic violence’. The objectives of the programme are:
- to understand how domestic violence affects you as a parent
- to understand the effects of domestic violence on children and young people
- to develop effective communication skills with children and young people
- to promote healthy and non-violent relationships
- to explore key protective behaviours messages and strategies for keeping mothers, children and young people safe
The next group is starting in February 2018 and will be facilitated by a Wycombe Women’s Aid IDVA/Outreach Worker and a Wycombe Women’s Aid Child Development Worker. For more information please contact Alison (IDVA/Outreach Worker) on 07436 536600.
“I am able to acknowledge strategies to help myself and my family and have ideas to help the feelings we have. I have been able to find better ways to talk to the children about how they feel so it has helped things to be calmer at home. I feel more able to move forward and it has been a great place to meet new women and make friends and share experiences, develop strategies and ideas to develop ourselves. I have gained confidence in myself and it is well worth doing”
The Outreach Service also offers support, awareness raising and training workshops to other agencies, including schools, and individuals regarding domestic violence issues. The Outreach Service will also deliver presentations and talks to groups or organisations. The Youth Worker offers training to schools, other agencies and youth settings specifically around domestic violence and young people and healthy relationships.
The Service will also provide information and support to other groups who are setting up services for women who have experienced domestic violence.
Leaflets, posters and other publicity materials are available on request.
To find out more about what we can offer please contact us.
IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy)
IDVAs provide crisis support and information for women in Wycombe and South Bucks who are experiencing domestic violence. Follow the link for more information about the IDVA service.
Wycombe Women's Aid P.O. Box 1477 High Wycombe Bucks HP11 9HP Registered Charity No. 299946 Registered Company No. 2245478 ©2016 Wycombe Women's Aid
Refuge: 01494 461367 Outreach: 07890 456907 IDVA: 07483 159153
Asian Women's Helpline: 01494 446366