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Taking part in 16 Days of Activism often means facing difficult and upsetting topics. While there’s still lots of work to be done in ending violence and abuse against women, there’s also lots of successes along the way.

What keeps us motivated here at Anawim is the sheer strength and determination shown by the women we support. “The women we work with are truly inspirational, reminding us on a daily basis that anything is possible”, states Anna*, Anawim volunteer.

Building confidence and moving forward

Coping with trauma isn’t always a linear process. In fact, this is totally normal. Getting back on track takes time. However, through regular sessions with women who have experienced domestic abuse, including the Freedom Programme, we’ve seen women move forward with their lives confidentially.

Courses help women to make sense of what has happened to them and understand they are in no way to blame, while hearing stories from other women shows them they are not alone on their journey.

Workshops such as Mindfulness, Creative Tuesdays and our Confidence course are all designed to improve self-esteem and support women to make steps towards independence.

*Emma, an Anawim client, said “Anawim is a safe place for expressing my feelings and sharing my worries and concerns as the staff are approachable and very trustworthy. I look forward to continuing my journey… Bring on 2024!”

While this year has posed challenges for us all, we’re uplifted by the resilience shown by our staff, volunteers, the women we work with and the wider sector. We’re so proud of everything we have achieved together and look forwarding to facing the year ahead with the same dedication.

Need support? Or know someone who might?

Anawim’s specialist female caseworkers are here to support with mental health, finances, housing, families and relationships or anything else.

Our helpline is available via 0121 440 5296 for anyone who identifies as a woman. These services could be the first step a woman takes to accessing support.

While our own services are specialised for women, everyone has a right to resources that can help. Respect run a free helpline for men who are experiencing domestic abuse on 0808 8010327.

LGBT+ and anti-violence charity Galop provide a national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans+ domestic abuse helpline on 0800 999 5428.