The Libra project – Changing Lives
The Libra Project was set up to provide accommodation, support and advice to families experiencing domestic violence and abuse in Bath and North East Somerset.
Libra services include: refuge accommodation, resettlement, housing, access to legal and financial advice, therapeutic support groups for women and young people to understand controlling and abusive relationships, and training and workshops about domestic abuse.
Safe Temporary Accommodation
Our refuge is located at a confidential address in Bath, providing comfortable, safe and secure accommodation. Women can self refer or come via an agency such as the Police, Housing, Social Services, Health Professionals.
In an emergency situation a woman may come into refuge with nothing.
If possible, bring any of the following: benefit books, rent book, birth or marriage certificate, passport, driving licence, bank books/cards, wage slips, household bills with your name on. Try to bring personal items such as clothes and towels & don’t forget that the children like to have their favourite toy with them.
- Are you confused, scared or isolated due to a partner or ex-partner?
- Do you think you may be in an abusive relationship and need to talk?
- Are you a young person, worried or confused about a relationship?
- Are you worried about someone you think may be being abused?
If so, please ring and talk to someone in confidence who will listen and help you talk through your situation – 01225 354659
IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER CALL THE POLICE 999
Am I Experiencing Domestic Violence?
Every situation is unique, however there are some common factors that link the experience of an abusive relationship. Recognising and acknowledging these factors is an important step in preventing and stopping the abuse.
- Has your partner tried to keep you from seeing your friends or family?
- Does your partner constantly check up on you or follow you?
- Does your partner unjustly accuse you of flirting or of having affairs with others?
- Does your partner constantly belittle or humiliate you, or regularly criticise or insult you in front of other people?
- Are you ever afraid of your partner?
- Have you ever changed your behaviour because you are afraid of what your partner might do or say to you?
- Has your partner ever destroyed any of your possessions deliberately?
- Has your partner ever hurt or threatened you or your children?
- Has your partner ever kept you short of money so you are unable to buy food and other necessary items for yourself and your children?
- Has your partner ever forced you to do something that you really did not want to do?
- Has your partner ever tried to prevent you from taking necessary medication, or seeking medical help when you felt you needed it?
- Has your partner ever threatened to take your children away, or said he would refuse to let you take them with you, or even to see them, if you left him?
- Has your partner ever forced you to have sex with him or with other people? Has he made you participate in sexual activities that you were uncomfortable with?
- Has your partner ever tried to prevent you from leaving the house?
- Does your partner blame his use of alcohol or drugs for his behaviour?
- Does your partner control your use of alcohol or drugs (for example, by forcing your intake or by withholding substances)?
(Women’s Aid, Survivors Handbook )
If you answered yes to one or more of these, you may be experiencing Domestic Violence