BROXTOWE Women’s Project operates from a secret location in Eastwood and helps over 200 people suffering domestic violence each year.
The group not only takes helpline calls, but also meets women to offer them advice, and gives talks in schools and at local group meetings.
They help women get re-housed, offer them emotional support and advise them on issues such as taking their partners to court, how to clear debt and how to claim benefit.
But manager Lynne Cumming said not all women want to leave, so support is tailored around each individual case.
“It’s identifying with them what their needs are, putting them in touch with different services and generally improving their wellbeing,” she told Advertiser reporter Laura Rands.
“We can support people who have chosen to stay in a violent relationship. We don’t force them in to leaving, we just work alongside them and go through different options.
“Sometimes women stay because they have low self-confidence or because of threats that their children would be taken away.”
As well as helping women, the group also helps children.
They offer up to eight one-to-one sessions with children aged five to 16 affected by domestic violence.
“With children it is more like counselling,” Ms Cumming said. “They might have behaviour or attendance problems in school, so we look at building up self-esteem and so on.”
The project, which helps women and children in the north of the Broxtowe borough and Stapleford, does one or two talks a month to local groups and organisations and offers workshops in schools teaching children what signs to look out for.
But the future of Broxtowe Women’s Project is far from safe after its grant from Nottinghamshire County Council was halved this year meaning the service might not be able to continue past August.
It received £30,00 instead of £60,000 from the council this year and has a total annual budget of £160,000. They get £4,000 from Broxtowe Borough Council and make up the rest fundraising and applying for grants from various charitable trusts.
Ms Cumming said: “We have got pockets of funding that may be able to take us through to March next year but we will have to see. We’ve applied for a lottery grant of £119,000 to last three years and if we don’t get that, things will look doubtful.”
Over the past year the group has done 31 awareness raising sessions and 40 school workshops.
If anybody would like to help the projects chance of survival they can donate online at www.broxtowewomensproject.org.uk.
Women suffering domestic violence and looking to get help should either email email@example.com or ring 01773 719111 between 10am and 1pm Monday to Friday.