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What is North Ayrshire Women’s Aid?

North Ayrshire Women’s Aid is a charity that supports women and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse and campaigns to raise awareness of the issues.We work closely with social work services, healthcare providers, schools and other agencies

We offer a drop-in service for information and resources and counselling support from our two public offices in Saltcoats.
We work with women and children at their pace and on their terms. We realise that making the first step is difficult. Some women will need practical help and may move into one of our refuges until they can find alternative accommodation for themselves and their children, others will continue to live in their own homes and some will move in with relatives or friends. In almost all cases the women are experiencing financial and housing difficulties as well as emotional and health problems. A significant proportion will have some mental health problems. We endeavour to provide whatever practical and emotional support the women and children need.

As an organisation we have a belief in equality of all people regardless of race, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation or ability. We believe all women and children who come to us for support. We do not seek evidence for support of personal histories. We believe women and children have a right to live free from all forms of violence and abuse and society has a duty to recognise and defend this right. Domestic abuse is a violation of human rights.

The organisation is a registered Scottish charity.

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Changing Lives Videos

Click here to view David's story

Click on the image on the left, or the link below to watch a video about David, find out what it was like for him and his family once they arrived at the refuge, and how they moved on with their lives afterwards.

Click here to view David's story.

Click here to view Maria's story

Click on the image on the left, or the link below to watch a video about Maria. Find out how she turned things around with our help, and how women's aid have become a part of her and her daughters lives.

Click here to view Maria's story.

Click here to watch 'In a Refuge'

Click on the image on the left, or the link below to watch 'In a Refuge'. Different women talk about their refuge experiences, the friends they've made, and the impact it has had on their lives.

Click here to watch 'In a Refuge'.