Background of Northampton Women’s Aid

In 1976 Northampton Women’s Aid was formed and initially staffed by volunteers.  Today the way in which the organisation operates is very different but the dedication to help survivors of domestic abuse remains unchanged.  NWA are extremely proud of their achievements since they originally formed and listed below are some landmark events.


1975 – Interested feminists started campaigning for support for abused women.

1976 Northampton Women’s Aid formed as an unincorporated association, first refuge opened, staffed by volunteers. 

1980First paid employee appointed by the organisation.

1982Northampton Women’s Aid becomes a registered charity.

1985Northampton Women’s Aid Advice Centre opened at Junction 7, Hazelwood Road.

1989 Second refuge open by Northampton Women’s Aid.

1990 Funding received for an Asian Support Worker.

1992Three new refuges opened including an Asian women’s refuge.

1993 NWA receives the Heinz Community Award – new Advice Centre opened at 13 Guildhall Road, Northampton.

1994Daventry refuge opened.

            Advice sessions started at the Abbey Centre in Daventry.

            NWA receives Northampton Borough Council’s Major’s own award for “Outstanding Service to the Community”.

            NWA co-organised the first Northampton Annual National Conference on Domestic Violence. 

             NWA become a company limited by guarantee.

1995National Lottery Charities Board awards funds for a three year counselling project.

1998 Northampton Women’s Aid 21st Anniversary Year.  A year of fundraising totalling £20,000 for the beneficiaries of the charity.

1999BBC Children In Need awarded £50,000 for a three year post for an additional full-time children’s worker.

2001Funding received from Kettering Borough Council to facilitate the opening of Kettering refuge. 

           Funding received for Aftercare and Outreach Service in Daventry & South Northamptonshire. 

           Adaption of one refuge for access by disabled people.

2003Work initiated with multi-agency group to establish specialist refuge accommodation for women who are victims of domestic  

           abuse and who also have substance misuse issues.

2004Work begins to establish refuge accommodation in Corby.

2005Home Office funding secured for counselling project – a joint initiative with the Rape and Incest Crisis Centre.

2006 – DAAT funding received for refurbishment of specialist refuge accommodation.

2007 – Advice Centre re-located to Hazelwood Road. 

           Specialist refuge for substance misuse opens in November. 

           Refuge provision in Corby opens in December. 

           Planning application made for new refuge build in Corby.

2008 – Freedom training programme launched in Northampton, Towcester, Brackley & Daventry. 

           Two training courses “I Can Make a Difference” and Why Doesn’t She Leave?” developed by NWA volunteer. 

           New refuge build in Corby opens in October providing 6 self-contained flats and communal areas.

2010 – Azaadi Group for Asian women established.

2011/12 – NWA, WENWA & NVCFR work collaboratively to prepare to deliver Northamptonshire domestic abuse services.

2013/14 – NWA, Service Six, Family Action and NAYC prepare to tender for NCC Early Help and Prevention Children and Families 

                Supporting Services Contract.

2014 – NWA, Service Six, Family Action & NAYC successful in tender for 9 out of 10 of the locality contracts. 

           Media campaign launched to raise the awareness of refuges being at risk of closure.

2015 – DCLG funding for refuge support costs secured for 12 months.