Shakti Women’s Aid Services
Shakti Women’s Aid supports black minority ethnic women and their children, who are experiencing and/or fleeing domestic abuse from their husbands/partners, ex-partners or other family members within a household. Shakti provides a confidential, non-judgmental, secular and culture-sensitive service.
Shakti Women’s Aid aims to enable women (over 16 years) to move from dependence to independence; some BME women facing domestic abuse experience considerable isolation and can be completely dependent upon their husbands, partner men and the family.
Each woman using the service will have a key worker. All key workers are female and offer practical and emotional support. This can include:
- listening to what you say
- exploring different options and help with decision making
- explaining your rights
- providing information
- advocacy when dealing with agencies such as housing, social work, health, benefits and solicitors.
- independent interpreting is arranged when needed.
Children’s workers are there to support children and young people who may be accompanying their mum into the service. Children and young people have their own specific needs and experiences when it comes to domestic abuse: the children’s workers can work with the child or young person on their plan for dealing with emotional difficulties, moving away from home or into refuge and any other needs, practical or emotional, they may have at home, school or in their community.
A refuge is a safe place to stay. It gives women, children and young people a breathing space away from abuse. It is temporary (short-term). Shakti Women’s Aid has refuge consisting of four self-contained flats in Edinburgh which can accommodate single women and women with children.
Shakti aims to provide dedicated and consistent emotional and practical support to women and their children who are not yet ready to leave their abusive situation. There is follow on support for women who had left the abusive situation but have chosen to return. Additionally, there is support available to women who are able and ready to leave an abusive situation.
Women outside the Edinburgh region will also be able to access the same services through referrals.
This service provides support for individuals’ who identify as a part of the LGBTI community, are BME and also in an abusive situation. This is done with specialised knowledge and understanding of the needs of individuals who are part of the LGBTI community but are also BME, and how their needs and risks are separate from women who are experiencing domestic abuse. Both practical and emotional support is provided.
Shakti provides training for organisations who are lacking knowledge in this area and wish to know more.
How To Get in Touch
Address: Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QY
Opening Times: Monday – Friday 09:30 to 17.00
Phone Number: 0131 475 2399
Intended Client Groups:
- Black and Minority Ethnic
- Survivors of Abuse
- Young People
This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh
Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:
Must be experiencing or fleeing domestic abuse or at risk of domestic abuse.
This service accepts direct self referrals.
Contact Info. & Service Address
Norton Park, 57 Albion Road
Monday - Friday 9.30 am - 5.00 pm
Facilities & Access
This service has the following facilities:
- Wheelchair Access
- Information in community languages
- Translation Service
Leaflets available in Arabic, Chinese, Thai, Urdu, Punjabi, Thai
- Creche facilities are not available at this location.
Public Transport Information
Bus no 35, 1 on Easter road. On street parking available at main office address.