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.
1980 – First paid employee appointed by the organisation.
1982 – Northampton Women’s Aid becomes a registered charity.
1985 – Northampton 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.
1992 – Three 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.
1994 – Daventry 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.
1995 – National 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.
1999 – BBC Children In Need awarded £50,000 for a three year post for an additional full-time children’s worker.
2001 – Funding 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.
2003 – Work 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.
2004 – Work begins to establish refuge accommodation in Corby.
2005 – Home 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.