Safe Arms, a leading domestic abuse charity based in Kent, recently opened a refuge to provide support for victims of domestic abuse and violence.
The refuge is the brainchild Liz Segun-Kingsley, Founder of Safe Arms, and its various services will include accommodation, personalised care plans, holistic recovery programmes and relevant cultural care for users of African and Caribbean descent.
Clients will be able to live at the centre for a maximum of two years. It’s hoped that, by the end of their stay, women will be equipped to find work or start their own business.
The refuge is open to women of all nationalities, and Mrs Segun-Kingsley hopes women of African and Caribbean origin will make full use of the service’s provision. 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 who looked like them on staff, and were concerned they wouldn’t get the care they need. This new centre seeks to allay those fears.