About Us


We are a small charity that has operated in Southampton for over 43 years.

We are members of National Women’s Aid, but a wholly independent charity.  

We have a small staff team who have extensive experience of delivering quality domestic violence and abuse services.  We also have a great board of trustees from different expertise who are enthusiastic and committed to ensuring Southampton Women’s Aid is a thriving and secure service that meets the needs of local women and children.

We directly support over 600 women per year through the full range of services we offer and this number is growing as we succeed in more funding and develop new projects. 

I would not be here and safe without SWA
— Service User
It has completely changed my life, best 14 weeks ever
— Survivor

Our feedback from service users is consistently excellent (100% satisfaction rates), we have very high completion rates for our programmes and participants score well on measures such as self-assessment of  improved parenting (83%) and better understanding of safety (100%) or gained confidence (87%). 

The demand for our services, especially programmes is always high and we rely on grants from national and local funders and individuals to meet the needs of as many Southampton Women and Children as possible.  We are therefore always keen to engage with donors or funders to increase our financial support.

Our current funders include: Big Lottery Awards for All; Peter Harrison Trust; Office of Police and Crime Commissioner (Hampshire); Henry Smith; Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Fund, Children in Need, Garfield Weston, CMF fund, ROSA.

(SWA is…) Absolutely amazing – helped me to change the course of my life and have a positive outlook
— Service User

If you or anyone you know is facing domestic abuse please contact us on:

02380 248116 (Monday to Friday 09.30–13.00)

Or Call the out of hours call the National DV Helpline on:

0808 2000 247 (open 24 hours and free to call)