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Who Are We?

Domestic Abuse Specialists, Independent, Community Based, Not-For-Profit

HOMETRUTHS was founded in January 2011 to provide specialist services to survivors of domestic violence and abuse living in Swindon and Wiltshire.  With the aim of increasing the safety of victims and their children experiencing domestic violence and abuse from partners or ex-partners, and to support survivors who have a history of domestic abuse that still impacts on their lives today.  As a community based organisation we are often contacted by victims and surivors themselves, many of them have not spoken about what has been happening.  We are a safe place to contact if you live in Swindon or Wiltshire and you are living with domestic abuse. 

We are an independent organisation and raise our funds from a variety of sources including: applying for grants, carrying out fundraising activities and receiving donations from people who support the work of HOMETRUTHS.  At this time we do not receive funding from local councils or national government.  The austerity measures over the last few years have seen cuts across the country of 30%+ to services supporting survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, and we work hard to fund as many services as possible.  Each and every donation, grant and fundraising activity is vitally important to us and we appreciate all the support we recieve.

HOMETRUTHS Co-operative is a not-for-profit organisation, so all funds go into providing services and support to survivors of domestic abuse in our local community.  We are a company limited by guarantee and our Company Registration number is: 7064049.

We offer specialist services to anyone from the age of 16 living in Swindon and Wiltshire, who is, or has experienced domestic abuse and violence, including stalking and harassment from their partner, ex-partners or family members.

On average, about 4,500 incidents of domestic abuse are reported in Swindon & Wiltshire each year, but it is nationally recognised that 80% of people do not report.  This can be for many reasons including fear of what the perpetrator will do if they found out; not recognising that they are experiencing domestic abuse, shame and embarrassment, and not knowing who to tell or where to turn.

HOMETRUTHS aims to support all survivors of domestic abuse, including the 80% of people in Swindon and Wiltshire who do not speak out about what is happening to them, and those who have experienced domestic abuse and find it still effects them even though the abusive relationship has ended.  We aim to raise awareness and understanding of domestic abuse within the local community, with professionals and organisations and to reduce the harm domestic abuse causes to survivors and their children by providing dedicated services for the people of Swindon, Wiltshire and surrounding areas.

We are experienced and qualified domestic violence specialists and have many years experience of working with survivors of domestic abuse.  We are supported by a team of volunteers who give their time and skills to help improve the lives of people living with domestic abuse in Swindon and Wiltshire.  We are overseen by an Advisory Committee consisting of professionals and survivors from the local community who contribute to the development and direction of the organisation and ensure the services provided are effective, impactive and appropriate.  We work closely with partner agencies including: solicitors, police, health agencies and counsellors.

As a Co-operative, HOMETRUTHS is based on the values of self-responsibility, equality, democracy, self-help, solidarity, honesty, openness, equity, social responsibility and caring for others.  These qualities and beliefs underpin the support we offer survivors of domestic abuse and our engagement with our volunteers, supporters, professionals and partnership agencies, and the training and awareness raising sessions we facilitate.

HOMETRUTHS is a member of Co-operatives UK - www.uk.coop

We are always keen to work with new partners and develop our services to meet the needs of individuals as well as the communities within Swindon and Wiltshire.  If you are interested in working with us to improve the lives of survivors and children living with domestic abuse please contact us.

“Founded on the principles of private initiative, entrepreneurship and self-employment, underpinned by the values of democracy, equality and solidarity, the co-operative movement can help pave the way to a more just and inclusive economic order.”

-Kofi Annan

"I don't belive in charity.  I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical.  It goes from the top to the bottom.  Solidarity is horizontal.  It respects the other person."

-Eduardo Galeano

 

 

 

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