Midlands Women’s Aid was established in February 1974 as a result of a Thames TV documentary “Scream Quietly or neighbours will hear”.  Our founder, a male volunteer for the Samaritans at the time, was inspired by the programme.  Having identified the need for a similar project locally set about finding a suitable building and despite many obstacles opened the refuge in August 1976. 

Domestic Violence is physical, psychological, sexual or financial violence that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship and forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour.  It can happen to anybody regardless of age, race, ethnic or religious group, class, sexuality, lifestyle or disability.  Domestic Violence is all about one person's desire to maintain control and power over another person. Living in a violent relationship destroys confidence and self-respect.

Admissions can be made to the refuge at any time.  

Midlands Women’s Aid welcomes direct referrals from anyone who feels they are subject to domestic abuse whether violent or non-violent.  Please call the number below.  You will not be charged and the number will not show on your mobile phone bill.

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We also receive referrals from medical professionals, the police, social services, and people ‘of standing in their local community’ who people may choose to confide in, such as priests.

If you think anybody you know is in immediate physical danger please call the police on 999.  If you believe anyone you know should seek help from a refuge due to being in an abusive relationship please do get in touch???

Please see referral form attached.

  • Each year around 1.4 million women (8.5% of the population) suffer some form of domestic abuse2 
  • Each year more than 100,000 people in the UK are at high and imminent risk of being murdered or seriously injured as a result of domestic abuse 3
  • Seven women a month are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales 2
  • 130,000 children live in homes where there is high-risk domestic abuse 3
  • 62% of children living with domestic abuse are directly harmed by the perpetrator of the abuse, in addition to the harm caused by witnessing the abuse of others 1
  • It is estimated many more women take their own lives as a result of domestic abuse: every day almost 30 women attempt suicide as a result of experiencing domestic abuse and every week three women take their own lives 4


Caada (2014), In Plain Sight: Effective help for children exposed to domestic abuse. Bristol: Caada.
2 ONS (2015), Crime Survey England and Wales 2013-14. London: Office for National Statistics.
3 SafeLives (2015), Getting it right first time: policy report. Bristol: SafeLives.
6 Walby, S. and Allen, J. (2014), Domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking: Findings from the British Crime Survey. London: Home Office.