At our October meeting, two representatives from the Penzance Women’s Refuge came along to tell us about the work they do – under enormous financial and time constraints – for women and children escaping domestic abuse.
One of three such refuges in Cornwall – the others are in Truro and St. Austell – the Penzance refuge can accommodate 11 women and 16 children and places are always in demand. Staff work in both group and one-to-one settings with both adults and children over a maximum of 20 weeks, supporting them to take control of their own lives and enabling their access to other services before they move on to appropriate housing locally or elsewhere.
We were astonished to learn that two women are killed each week in the UK as a result of domestic abuse. One in four women will be affected by domestic abuse in their lifetime and every 30 seconds the police receive a domesic abuse related call. The work of West Cornwall Women’s Aid has been working in this field now for 28 years – click on the link to find out more about them and how you can help.