Not all women
domestic violence or abuse are ready or able to leave their home to go
into a Refuge. The Welwyn Hatfield Women's Refuge & Support
Services Outreach Service
offers the same level of advice, information and support to women
in the Welwyn Hatfield community as is offered to the women staying in
Outreach Workers can help you with:
They can also
arrange any support
that might be needed from other agencies.
- Finding a place
in a Refuge - if
- Housing issues
- Benefits issues
- Legal issues and
going to see a
- Going to Court
- Children's issues
Outreach team will explain the options available to you to help you
resolve your situation in the way that you choose and offer you
emotional support whether or not you decide to take any action.
have two drop-in centres - one in Welwyn
City and one in Hatfield - and they're both open one morning every week
during school term times. Children under five are welcome but please
don't bring children of school age to the drop-in.
We understand it can be a bit daunting to go into a room full of
yourself but you'll find yourself supported by the Outreach team and
the other women in the group who have all felt that way too. The
drop-in is a confidential group and many women come regularly because
of the emotional support on offer - not only from the Outreach team but
from the other women in the group as well.
At the drop-in you'll be able to talk through your diffiulties in
confidence with an Outreach Worker. You won't be pressured into making
decisions, you'll be given time to consider your options and support
with whatever you decide.
Women in Welwyn
Hatfield can call the helpline at
although it's only staffed during office hours. You can leave a message
at other times giving us your contact telephone number and suggesting a
good time to call. We will always make sure it's safe for you to talk
to us when we call back. We will offer you as much information and
support as possible by phone. We may also suggest that you go to the
drop-in if you can. If this isn't possible an Outreach Worker can
arrange to meet you somewhere public to discuss your needs.
contact the Welwyn Hatfield Women's Refuge Outreach Service call 01707