UK’s first safe house for older domestic violence victims opens

By Jun 01, 2015

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Redcar-based EVA Women’s Aid opens a specialist safe house for women aged over 45 - Charity Bank loan of £55k secured the purchase of the residential property

Today (1 June) sees the UK’s first safe house specifically for victims of domestic and sexual abuse aged over 45 open its doors. The launch by EVA Women’s Aid, forms part of a unique project to support mature women suffering at the hands of their abusers, who are less likely to report maltreatment than younger victims.

The charity, based on Redcar’s High Street, already operates two safe houses in the Teesside area geared towards young women. The new residence will offer temporary housing for up to four women at a time and the first residents will move in from 1st June.


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Richinda Taylor, chief executive of EVA, with Alistair Jenkins, Charity Bank's Regional Manager for the North East.

About EVA Women’s Aid

EVA Women’s Aid is a registered charity based in Redcar, Teesside. Established in 1987, EVA continues to support women (and their families) who are, or have been, victims of domestic/sexual abuse and violence. They have:

• three supported houses where women fleeing domestic or sexual, violence and abuse can be accommodated and fully supported

• a range of support packages tailor made to the service user's needs

• Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA)

• Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)

• children's counselling

• skilled and experienced Support Workers

• counselling for female adult victims

• Information, Advice and Guidance service & support groups

“Women over 45 have different needs to younger victims and we have found that when they are housed together, the older women tend to take on a maternal role. This can be at the cost of their own personal needs and we want to ensure that they’re not overlooked.

“We’ve worked with women aged eighty and over who’ve been subjected to violence and psychological control all of their adult lives and sadly many women believe that there’s no way out for them. This dedicated safe house, with fully-trained staff on hand, will enable us to help them turn their lives around and break the cycle of abuse.”

Richinda Taylor, chief executive of EVA Women’s Aid

Ethical bank, Charity Bank, provided a £55,000 loan to secure the purchase of the property.

Alistair Jenkins, Charity Bank’s regional manager responsible for North East England, said: “Charity Bank was set up to support projects like this and to back charities and social enterprises working hard to tackle social problems within communities. EVA’s innovative approach and expertise supporting domestic abuse victims is being shared with other organisations working in the field so that similar schemes aimed at women over 45 can be opened across the UK.”

Charity Bank offers loans to charities and other organisations that have a social purpose using the money that its savers entrust to it. It provides loans that help charitable organisations to buy property, develop social housing or community facilities or to undertake social projects. When an organisation pays back its loan, the money is used by Charity Bank to lend to another organisation working to benefit society.