Whilst there are around 4,000 dedicated spaces within refuges for women across the country there are only 33 spaces dedicated to male victims only (another 78 spaces available for either gender) (Women’s Aid – July 2013). The nearest male refuge to Cornwall is Weston Super Mare with the next nearest in Cardiff.
CWRT (Cornwall Women’s Refuge Trust) has been at the forefront of working with male victims of domestic abuse and violence in Cornwall over the last 5 years and the development of a male refuge has been the next step in developing this work.
Norda House is a safe house located in mid-Cornwall for men fleeing domestic violence. It is a place where men can access emotional and practical support from staff who understand what they have been through.
Following the purchase of a building and a successful funding bid to The Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities programme, Norda House will be opening its doors to take referrals in early August 2014.
Norda House is a much needed resource for male victims of domestic violence, not just in Cornwall, but for the country.
What can Norda House offer male victims?
Accommodation: A safe place to stay in a friendly and safe environment, where men can feel at home. Each person will have their own bedroom with access to shared facilities, including a kitchen and communal lounge.
Support: When victims of domestic violence enter the refuge their self-esteem and confidence may be low due to the abuse and violence they have experienced. To meet their needs we offer support with emotional and practical issues they are facing.
Children: Dependent on availability it may be possible to accommodate victim’s children within the family room at Norda House. They will then have access to services available through the CWRT specialist children’s work.
Support for male victims in the community
As part of Norda House we have an outreach service especially for male victims. For male victims who do not require support within the refuge, but who are in need of some support, we will be able to offer support in the community.
‘Knowing how hard it was for me to find support after my break up, this is so needed.’
Male victim / CWRT client
To find out more information about how to access services at Norda House please contact firstname.lastname@example.org