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Safe and enabling environment

The need for services to be physically safe is well established. Safety for women who have been affected by many difficult experiences including violence and abuse also means considering their internal safety – we need to create support in places where women feel wholly safe and welcome. 

This means:

  • women-only space
  • physically safe, particularly when women may be affected by violence and abuse
  • prioritising emotional safety that minimises the risk of re-traumatisation
  • an environment that promotes dignity, self-respect and wellbeing