Christian Campaigner Opens New Refuge for Women Experiencing Domestic Abuse and Violence

Safe Arms, a leading domestic abuse charity based in Kent, has just launched its latest initiative: a refuge dedicated to providing comprehensive support for victims of domestic abuse and violence.

The refuge is the brainchild of domestic abuse advocate and founder of Safe Arms, Liz Segun-Kingsley – who is also a committed Christian. 

Mrs Liz Segun-Kingsley hopes the refuge will play a significant role in addressing the critical need for safe spaces for individuals experiencing domestic abuse.

The refuge will provide a range of services, and these will include: 

Accommodation and respite for victims who are living in abusive environments.

Personalised Care Plans tailored to the unique needs of each resident.

Holistic recovery programmes focussed on the emotional, mental, and physical well-being of the individual.

Compassionate and culturally relevant care that ensures that the unique cultural, social, and emotional needs of African and Caribbean residents are understood and respected.

Clients will be able to live at the centre for a maximum of two years, and the aim is that by the end of their stay, women can stand on their own and be equipped to find work or start their own business.

Mrs Segun-Kingsley believes that the refuge will have a positive impact on the women who use its facilities and services. She said, 

As someone deeply committed to the cause of ending domestic abuse, I am thrilled that one of the visions of Safe Arms has come to fruition with the opening of this refuge. We aim to provide a safe haven for victims and offer a holistic support system that addresses the individual needs of the people that stay there. The compassionate and culturally relevant care we provide will reflect our commitment to inclusivity and understanding.

The refuge will be open to women of all races and cultures.

Mrs Segun-Kingsley hopes that women of African and Caribbean origin will make full use of the services it provides. She explained,

I have conducted key academic research on the issue of domestic abuse over the years, and one of my findings was that there was a great need for safe houses for victims of domestic abuse and violence within the black community. Although there are safe houses in existence, black women are often reluctant to use them because they couldn’t see people that looked like them on staff and were concerned they would not get the care they need. This new centre seeks to allay those fears.

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