Established since 1987

Boston Women’s Aid has been providing specialist Domestic Abuse Services since 1987. Our services have grown over the years, as well as providing refuge for people from all over the country, we aim to reach people living in rural parts of South Lincolnshire which is reflected in our name SoLDAS (South Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service).  

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Why we do what we do

What domestic violence charities do and the difference our support can make.

When you first agree to work with a Domestic Abuse organisation to flee an abusive relationship, you are assigned a support worker. They call you at specific times and use agreed codewords to make sure you are able to talk safely and freely. They advise you on how to plan to leave the situation, what to take, what to do and what not to do.

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What is Domestic Abuse?

The UK government’s definition of Domestic Abuse is “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional.”

 

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Spotting the Signs

Warning signs that someone may be in an abusive relationship:

  • Changes in appearance
  • Avoiding contact with friends and family
  • Declining invitations to social events
  • Appearing stressed often with physical symptoms …
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“I will remember this experience forever, thank you, it saved my life.”

“Thank you very much for your kind words and wisdom.”

“I just wanted you to know how important you are for all of us who have found ourselves in this position – needing help, needing support, needing you! Your help, support and encouragement through this journey means I’m still here to tell the tale.”