Why we do what we do

We are Swale’s only domestic abuse service for women, offering a trauma-informed and intersectional feminist approach to tackling domestic abuse in our community.

Because its needed

  • 1 in 4 women in the UK experience domestic abuse
  • The police receive over 100 calls relating to domestic abuse every hour
  • The majority of domestic homicide victims are women and most suspects are men
  • 20% all crime in Faversham is domestic abuse related
  • 30% of all suspected suicides in Kent and Medway are domestic abuse related

We also know that domestic abuse is a largely hidden, unreported crime which happens mostly behind closed doors.

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Because we care

We care because we are emotional beings who believe everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. We know how little women have been heard throughout history when it comes to many things. This includes the abuse they’ve endured at the hands of the person they should feel safest with.

We love our community and we see how much damage domestic abuse has caused us individually and collectively. Our work empowering women and children is changing that.

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Because it works

We wish we didn’t exist, but we have to. Our service has developed in line with the needs of our community and we’re so proud of the feedback and recognition we receive from women, partners, children, supporters and awards of the difference our work makes.

“The response to and the profile of domestic abuse in the community has changed significantly over the past few years. This has no doubt been driven by the work, passion and drive from SATEDA.” — Swale Borough Council

Kent Volunteering Awards Winners 2021

We supported 981 inspiring, strong women last year. Here’s how being empowered to break the cycle of abuse impacted them:

82%

improved quality of life

97%

improved emotional well-being

91%

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“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde

As a women’s service we support all women. If you’re bi, lesbian or trans, we are here for you. If you have no recourse to publics funds, we’re here for you. No matter your religion, or no religion, we’re here for you. If you don’t speak English, we will find a translator for you. If you have a disability we will work with partner agencies to support you where we lack the resources and expertise you need.

In 2021, we joined the VAWG anti-racism strategy, joining forces with other organisations in the sector to commit to a clear set of anti-racist standards. We continually strive to make our services as inclusive and accessible as possible. If there are improvements you think we can make, please get in touch.