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The National Lottery on why safe spaces matter for women and girls affected by trauma

The National Lottery's research shows that women-centred and trauma-focused initiatives provide particular benefit to victims and survivors of domestic abuse

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The National Lottery on why safe spaces matter for women and girls affected by trauma

The National Lottery's research shows that women-centred and trauma-focused initiatives provide particular benefit to victims and survivors of domestic abuse

“Mainstream service delivery models do not address the complexity of many women’s lives. To get support, women may need to access multiple and often fragmented services across a range of organisations in different locations. Women’s projects are often able to reach women who would not otherwise engage with services, and can provide holistic, women-centred and trauma informed support that empowers women to find their voice, recover from abuse and transform their lives” (“How women’s projects combat disadvantage and transform lives”, Learning from the National Lottery Community Fund Women and Girls Initiative roundtable event in the south west, October 2020)

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This service has saved my mental health and has provided a safe service whilst helping with coping mechanisms for the future.

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