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Our history

Edinburgh Women’s Aid was founded in 1973 as a registered charity. It was set up by women, for women, to provide women and children who are at risk of domestic abuse with a safe and friendly place to turn to;  for support, information and, if necessary, refuge accommodation.

As part of the Women’s Aid network, we also work to change attitudes and the legal system. We campaign to bring the issue of domestic abuse from behind closed doors and have it recognised it as a crime. Although attitudes are changing and domestic abuse is more openly acknowledged, there is still a long way to go as more than 1,000 women still contact us each year.

Over the last four years, we have doubled in size and now have a range of services as well as 29 refuge spaces, and a fully accessible space. We have also improved our existing support and developed new services to help women in need.

In addition to this we’re  involved in many partnerships in Edinburgh which help to raise awareness and develop services for women who are experiencing, or are at risk of, domestic abuse.

@EdinWomensAid

- 16 hours ago

@LivingWageScot Thank you - happy to join your network of #LivingWage employers
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- 16 hours ago

We are proud to announce we have become an accredited #LivingWage employer! #charity #SupportingSurvivors #ScottishCharity https://t.co/YqnabXqida
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@EdinWomensAid

- 6 days ago

Thank you so much for thinking of us and for your kind words at this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you ❤️ https://t.co/ROTYJVD5wY
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@EdinWomensAid

- 13 days ago

@WanderWomen9: Deep breathing, mindfulness, forestbathing and sharing stories...with @EdinWomensAid https://t.co/sQxQQ5B7Ke
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@EdinWomensAid

- 13 days ago

It’s local council election day! Make your vote matter. If you see your local candidates at the polling station, ask if they have signed our #SurvivorPledge, and are committed to supporting us to end domestic abuse in the city. #LocalElections #EdinburghWomensAid https://t.co/q1L5y45Ff6
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