Shakti Women’s Aid Services
Shakti Women’s Aid supports 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.
Services include; advocacy, refuge accommodation, and information, independent outreach services to children and young people experiencing domestic abuse especially those at risk of forced marriage.
Shakti Women’s Aid aim to enable women to move from dependence to independence; some BME women facing domestic abuse experience considerable isolation and can be completely dependant 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 own 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). How long someone stays depends on what they need. Shakti Women’s Aid has refuge consisting of four self-contained flats in Edinburgh which can accommodate single women and women with children.
How To Get in Touch
Address: Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QY
Opening Times: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays (9.00 am – 5.00 pm) Wednesdays (9.00 am – 8.30 pm) Sat (12.00 pm – 2.00pm) Sunday (Closed)
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 9.00 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.