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Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid (BSWA)

Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid (BSWA)
Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid (BSWA)

For forty years Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid has provided front line domestic violence and abuse support services to women and children.

Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid supports women and children affected by sex-based abuse including domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, female genital mutilation and forced marriage. We believe that women and children have the right to live free from violence, abuse and fear.

We are a women’s organisation. Run by women, for the benefit of women. Drawing on our extensive practice-based experience:

  • We advocate for the rights of ALL women
  • We support women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse
  • We educate, train and inspire action
  • We campaign for change

We provide:

  • A helpline
  • Community-based and central drop-in services (including centres in both north and south Solihull)
  • Safe, emergency accommodation through six refuges
  • Home options hub
  • Outreach support in the community (including both north and south Solihull)
  • Help with criminal and civil legal proceedings
  • Counselling
  • Family support
  • Training for professionals
  • Awareness raising work with children and young people

We work in close partnership with agencies such as housing and the police to ensure the best outcomes for women and their children. Our one-to-one, tailored support services deliver long-term, positive outcomes for women and their children by addressing all of their needs including poverty, debt, homelessness, housing, legal issues, health and well-being.

 

Drop-In

We operate a free drop-in service where you can speak to a support worker face-to-face. You don’t need to make an appointment, just come along to one of centres  and we’ll provide you with one-to-one support right there and then.

BSWA drop-in centres:

  • Birmingham City Centre: Monday to Friday* (10.00 – 16.00)
  • Solihull North: Tuesdays and Fridays* (10.00 – 16.00)
  • Solihull South: Wednesdays* (10.00 – 16.00)

*except Bank Holidays, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Please call 0808 800 0028 for all location details.

 

Refuge

If you are affected by domestic violence and need to leave home, our refuges provide safe, secure, emergency accommodation.

We have refuges specifically for young women, spaces for families and most of our refuges have self-contained flats, so you will have your own space.

 

Housing Support

Are you considering your long term housing options, worried about the security of your current home, or need help finding somewhere safe to stay?

Our specialist housing options workers can talk you through your rights, the options available to you, and advise and support you throughout the process.

We are working in partnership with Birmingham City Council (BCC) to deliver specialist Housing Options support. The service will replace the current BCC Newtown Housing Options service for women affected by all forms of domestic abuse.

To book an appointment or to be given the drop-in Hub address, please contact the following Hub freephone number: 0808 1699 604. Please leave a voicemail if you are calling outside of office hours.

 

Address 1:
Ryland House
Address 2:
44 – 48 Bristol Street
City:
Birmingham
Postcode:
B5 7AA
Telephone:
BSWA Helpline… 0808 800 0028 Please note: our helpline is open Monday to Friday (09.15 – 17.15)
Referral Procedure:
None
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