Cheshire Without Abuse (CWA), formerly known as Crewe Women’s Aid, was founded in 1977 to provide temporary accommodation, advice and practical help to women and children escaping domestic abuse.
A wide range of advice, support and information is offered to anyone who is currently or has previously experienced domestic abuse as an adult or child. Domestic abuse is physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or ﬁnancial abuse that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship and that forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. This can include forced marriage, so-called ‘honour’ crimes and female genital mutilation. Domestic abuse may include a range of behaviours, not all of which are in themselves inherently ‘violent’.
A number of Soroptimists sit on the committee of CWA to provide ongoing support and advice throughout the year.
New dressing gowns and chocolates were given by the Soroptimists at Christmas 2014 to all service users staying in the Refuge.