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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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Survivor-led organisations deserve safe spaces

VOICES is calling for whole community support to ensure organisations created by and for survivors of domestic abuse can flourish in safety.

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A German school’s initiative for safety in public spaces

A vocational school in Hennef, Germany marked the 40th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism with an unusual and inspiring initiative. The institution is one among a national network of “Courage Schools”, and their campaign showed that combatting violence against women and girls is everybody’s business.