Her Centre is a small local women’s charity based in Greenwich, providing services to women and girls in Greenwich, Bexley and Lewisham.
To eradicate violence against women and girls.
To engage, enable and empower women to move away from abuse, and to move forward with their lives.
Her centre is a women-focused, woman led organisation. We believe that domestic and sexual abuse must be tackled both by empowering women and acknowledging the societal inequality that perpetuates and legitimises violence. We are resilient and inspire resilience in the women we support. Her Centre is a safe place where women can be listened to and believed in an environment of trust and respect.
Her Centre has a small staff team and a board of volunteer trustees.
Here is a link to our latest Accounts.
Her Centre works with over 1000 women a year.
In the last year ending in March 2018, we engaged 533 women who experienced domestic or sexual abuse, providing safety planning, legal support and help with accessing emergency housing and with practical issues such as money and immigration.
132 took up our counselling service to address the trauma of abuse.
56 attended our basic English classes that are free, and for women only, so feel safe.
154 women and men attended our 3 annual open forums, themed on;
- Women using their vote
- Young women achieving their best
- The impact of benefit changes on women
We held three training and information days to link women into courses with 97 attending.
We also held a holiday celebration in December for 45 women and 70 children.
From our exit surveys of women who have experienced abuse based on those from April to September 2018;
- 100 said their risk had reduced
- 97% felt safer
- 99% know their rights, and where to get help again if they need it.
Her Centre has received SAFE LIVES (formerly CAADA) accreditation as a quality IDVA service, and is committed to training all our IDVA staff in a formal IDVA/ISVA qualification. In 2016 we renewed our PQASSO accreditation, which is awarded by the NCVO, and covers all aspects of our service, management, governance and user accountability.
We work enthusiastically in partnership with a large number of Greenwich-based agencies to ensure women receive the most appropriate local support they require.
We lead the New Leaf young people’s project targeting relationship abuse in collaboration with Little Fish Theatre. For more information about the project, please see our New Leaf flyer and to keep in touch with the project, please find us on Facebook and Twitter. For more info click here.
A short video on New Leaf Project which supports young people in healthy relationships.
Her Centre, and Little Fish Theatre are the Greenwich and Bexley project partners working together to work with vulnerable young men and women at risk of domestic violence & abuse.
Our training is supported by Greenwich Local Labour and Business, MOSA, City Lit and Social Action for Health.
Our weekly drop-in and advice services are hosted by YMCA, Woolwich.
Additionally, we work closely with the Met Police Community Safety Unit, the SCD2 Unit, The Point, Best Beginnings, Stephen Lawrence Centre, Volunteer Centre Greenwich, Greenwich Housing Rights, Family Information Service, Meridian Money Advice, Greenwich Credit Union, Woolwich CAB, Plumstead Law Centre, Greenwich Health Visitors, Mind in Greenwich, Greenwich PCT, Advocacy in Greenwich, CAMHS, Oxleas, and Rt. Hon. Matthew Pennycook MP and Rt. Hon. Teresa Pearce MP.